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May 13, 2022

Memorial of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled…, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

We started yesterday with a series of gospel readings from the priestly discourse of Jesus at the Last Supper. These will occupy us for the next month. It begins by asking us not to be troubled. How is it possible not to be troubled in the face of wars, illness, betrayal, and troubles of various kinds? There is always plenty to trouble us. Yet, Jesus tells us not to be troubled.

If anyone had reason to be troubled, it was Jesus, on the eve of his suffering and death. Jesus invites his disciples not only to share his own gallantry of spirit; he shows them how to do it. He reminds them, “You have faith in God; have faith also in me,” because he is the way and the truth and the life. Our faith in Jesus should be such that we are willing to base our entire lives on him, knowing that he is the only sure way to the Father.

Every Eucharist that we celebrate is a concrete reminded of the depth of the Father’s love for us and of the willingness of Jesus to give his life for us and to remain with us throughout our lives to fill us with his spirit and with the assurance that we will never be alone. We also have the gift of his mother. Father Eymard loved to call her Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament or Our Lady of the Cenacle. Such is the blessed assurance that comes from the Eucharist, from the very heart of Christ.

Let Us Pray:

O loving Lord, grant me the gift of an untroubled heart. I know this is a promise you made to us at the Last Supper. Let me always trust in your promise.

 

Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.