Except for the special feasts and memorials, we are in a stretch of gospel readings for a few weeks from the Sermon on the Mount. In today’s gospel, Jesus emphasizes the importance of the law and how vital it is not to break one of the least of the commandments or teach others to do so. And yet, so many of the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount challenge us to go beyond the law to a higher spirit of the law: the Beatitudes, teachings about anger, love of enemies, the Golden Rule, and more.
Soon after the religious sisters, the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, were officially brought into the Eymardian Family in May of 1864; Father Peter Julian Eymard wrote them a sweet letter wishing that they “grow, not in numbers, but in virtue, in holiness, in authentic religious life.” He goes on to say, “May Christian charity be sovereign among you; that is our Lord’s primary virtue and the soul of religious life.” In other words, he says, grow in “eucharistic perfection” (December 27, 1864).
I imagine Father Eymard wishing the same message to all who are members of the Eymardian Family and anyone desiring to grow in “eucharistic perfection” — to welcome this same message: grow in your eucharistic spirituality.
Father Eymard also taught that the “love of God manifested in a special way in the gift of Christ in the Eucharist” (Rule of Life, 2) was the answer to the societal problems of his time. And oh, how we need this message today! How, amidst such polarization in our country and church, we need the message of the Sermon on the Mount, the beatitudes, love of enemies, Christian charity—eucharistic living.
Let us pray today for one another and for the law of Christian charity to be embedded in our hearts.
Let Us Pray:
Dear Lord, help us live the mystery of the Eucharist fully and to make known its meaning, so that (your) reign may come and the glory of God may be revealed to the world. (Based on Rule of Life for Associates, 2)
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