Having just celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ), in this month of the Sacred Heart, I can’t help but be reminded of our Lord’s great love for us and His desire that we draw closer to Him. The Lord promised that He is with us always – and He manifests that particularly in His Church. That’s why he wants us gathered in prayer. The highest form of prayer, the source and summit of our spiritual life, is the Mass of the Lord’s Day. In the three weekend masses we offer at St Gabriel, we come together as the Body of Christ, visibly gathered as one to pray and worship God. Our participation in the Sunday Eucharist (that includes our Saturday Vigil, of course) is a powerful source of grace, healing, and peace for us all. As we lift our hearts in prayer, letting our voices be heard calling on our God, we are united in communion of heart and mind as the Body of Christ. As the priest consumes the Eucharist at the altar, and the Communion Antiphon is chanted, all the baptized present share in the Communion of the Lord -the same Communion in which certain of the Faithful then share as they receive the Host in reverence and love. We are reminded that we then, whether we receive at that particular Mass or not, share in the Communion of Christ, in His offering on Calvary, and in His commemoration of Holy Thursday.
I’ll leave you with the words of that holy priest, St. John-Mary Vianney:
If we were able to understand thoroughly all the blessings contained in Holy Communion, nothing more would be needed to satisfy the human heart. Our Lord said: “Anything you ask the Father in my name, he will grant it you” (John 16:23b). But we would never have thought of asking God for his own Son. Yet what we would never have thought of, God has done. That which man could neither utter, nor imagine nor venture to desire, God, in his great Love, has spoken, conceived and executed.
Without the divine Eucharist there would not have been any happiness in this world, life would be unbearable. In Holy Communion, comes all our joy and gladness. God, wanting to give himself to us in the Sacrament of his Love, has given us a desire so vast and great that he alone can satisfy it… Beside this beautiful Sacrament we are like someone dying of thirst beside a river who has only to bend his head… Like someone who remains poor beside a treasure, who has only to hold out his hands! If we were able to understand thoroughly all the blessings contained in Holy Communion, nothing more would be needed to satisfy the human heart.
~ Saint John-Mary Vianney (1786-1859), priest, Curé of Ars.
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