Monday, June 18, 2007

"This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them" (Luke 15:2)

This is exactly what Our Lord does until now, when we receive Him in the Blessed Sacrament. What a fountain of goodness and charity! Once, God used to share Paradise with man, led him through the desert and even lived in the midst of His chosen people. To think how delicious must have been the fruit from the tree in Paradise, the manna, the mysterious bread of prophet Elias and bread miraculously multiplied for the multitude following Jesus, the teacher. But now He has simply giving Himself to us in the form of bread every time we communicate. And how humble is He in the Blessed Sacrament. Once upon the Mount of Sinai His appearances were announced by thunders and lightnings; in the Temple no one could approach the Holy of Holies, and He will certainly come at the Last Judgment Day to judge all of us, the living and the dead - The Lord of all. But now He simply lives with us hidden in the Most Holy Eucharist. In times of Old Covenant He lived only in one Temple, now He lives in thousands of Churches around the world. It does not matter to Him who the faithful are, what is our state of life, how expensive clothes we wear, how spiritually imperfect we are - as long as our hearts are free from mortal sin and in the state of grace - we are welcome. Let us think for a moment about dramatic moments of establishing the Sacrament of the Altar. Our Lord already experienced ingratitude of the chosen people. He could see faint-hearted actions of His disciples. He was aware of the future meanness and indifference that He will be given for the greatest miracle of charity. But He proceeded, He did not hesitate. When we look at the light of Perpetual Lamp glowing before Tabernaculum in the Church, let us keep in mind the living proof of greatest charity, the Holy Eucharist and let us comfort Jesus by participating often in the Holy Benediction and receiving Him in the Communion repeating in our hearts beautiful arrow prayer: " Most Sacred Heart of Jesus I implore, that I may love daily more and more"