“I am a part of all that I have met.” (From Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson)
Although this classic poem has little to do with any sense of Eucharist, yet within the text, there is something to consider. Unexpected and unforeseen by Tennyson is the connection unwittingly made between his Ulysses and a mystical body. It is a large jump but only to illustrate that our connection to each other and therefore a real connection to Christ is before us if only we allow ourselves to be absorbed into life—not our personal life but those of others and the life of creation.
The gospel tells us to make those important steps to become part of humanity and care for those who are the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the stranger, the naked.
Carry the cross of others, and we carry the cross of Christ.
If not absorbed in all that life has to offer—the joy, the sorrow, all of creation and people—then it would be difficult to go forward in hope. Despair separates us from life and gives the sense that to go forward is useless.
The gospel is the blueprint for understanding this mystical body that is all of us. When the air is such that we must breathe deeply, we inhale more than oxygen; the air intake enlightens us to God’s life and to become one with everyone and everything—to become “a part of all we have met.”
The question for us is: have we breathed in God, the Christ, and the Spirit in our lives?
Oh, Lord, you are the center of my life: I will always praise you, I will always serve you, I will always keep you in my sight. (Center of My Life [based on Psalm 16] by Paul Inwood)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)