“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
With this greeting, the Church gathers for the celebration of the Eucharist. United in the presence of the All-Holy, we offer praise and thanksgiving with the gifts of the earth and the work of our hands. God is present with us acting in and through or lives as the Body of Christ. Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever. Amen.
There is no true God who stands aloft from humanity as an idol does. The One true God is a personal God from whom all life flows. The activity of God sustains all life and is relational. We are called to live in the paschal mystery of the sacramental life of the Church. Saint Paul writes, “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:3-4. Eternal life has begun in us. We are God’s children, members of Christ’s body, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.
There is no greater intimacy apart from living in the love of God for the world. The Lamb of God has taken on the sins of the world. Where do you place your life? Do you see yourself outside of God or apart from God? Or, do you strive to realize your life as living in God and God living in you? Contemplative knowing, in the teaching of Abbot Thomas Keating, “is this inter-penetration of spirits … with God in which human nature and the divine nature are intermingled and become one, and the oneness turns out to be everything.” God is All in All, page 83. “… entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.” 2 Peter 11. We cannot attain this intimacy in God; we can only acknowledge it to be true, and in doing so, generously give it away in love of others.
Let us pray
Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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