In today’s reading Jesus responds to his disciples’ request, offering them a way to pray. In this prayer we hear expressions of praise, penitence, and petition. There is one petition, however, that jumps out for me that I would like to focus on it in this reflection, “Your kingdom come.”
God’s kingdom was the central reason for the Incarnation. Jesus came to proclaim the kingdom of God. While the kingdom was not yet fully realized, it was already present in the person of Jesus. He and the Father were one. It was his mission to spread that kingdom. So much of what he said and did related to the full realization of that oneness of God and the whole of God’s creation. Many of Jesus’ parables sought to explain that kingdom, “The kingdom of God is like…”
Toward the end of Father Eymard’s life, he came to use the initials of the phrase Adveniat Regnum Tuum Eucharisticum (ARTE) — in English, May Thy Eucharistic Kingdom Come. Generations of Blessed Sacrament religious used those initials at the beginning of a personal letter, a paper, a test, or a sermon. It was a way of keeping the presence of the Eucharist as one’s primary focus.
Father Eymard had come to the realization that the kingdom which Jesus announced was a eucharistic kingdom. For it is in the celebration of the Eucharist that Jesus becomes present as nourishment for his followers as they seek to make a reality of God’s kingdom here and now. At every Eucharist, the celebrant repeats the words of Jesus, “Do this in memory of me.” Go and be broken, be poured out in service that the kingdom be realized. Lord Jesus, may your eucharistic kingdom come!
In your prayer today, please reflect on the prayer of Father Eymard, “may your eucharistic kingdom come”?
Let Us Pray:
Lord, you gave us the Eucharist as food for our journey as we announce the Kingdom of God through our lives of service to others. May we always be faithful to your command to “do this in memory of me.”
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)