Here comes that master dreamer.
Joseph, and his father Jacob (Israel), are known for their dreams and dreams that connected them with their God. Today I want to reflect on a different kind of dream: the ones we have in our hearts, the ones we bring to our prayer and contemplation, the ones we pray at Mass.
We are reminded so often in the Lenten scripture readings that God wants our hearts more than fasting, almsgiving, and prayer words. God wants a “right” attitude when we do fast, give and pray. Indeed, God wants humble hearts to build a place for greater love. The prophets also make it clear that God wants a better life for the widow, the oppressed, the marginalized, as well as for each of us. The verse before the Gospel says, “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son; so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.” God has a dream: life – for each of us, abundant life (John 10:10b).
Living in 19th century France, Father Peter Julian Eymard had many dreams: that people would experience the love of God in the Eucharist; that such an experience would reinvigorate demoralized priests; that the working poor in the slums of Paris and their “ragpicker” children could be prepared to receive Communion; that lay people would join him in his eucharistic ministry; that love of the Eucharist could cure the ills of society and feed the hungers of humanity; that frequent (even daily) communion and communion for young children would be the norm in the Church – to name some of his more important mission dreams.
What dreams are in your heart today? May our fasting, giving, and praying help us discern what each of us can do this Lent to live these dreams.
Let Us Pray:
Gracious God, Saint Peter Julian Eymard discovered the gift of love in the Eucharist which your son Jesus offered for the hungers of humanity. Grant that we may celebrate this mystery, worthily adore it profoundly, and proclaim it prophetically for your greater glory. Amen.
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