You are invited!

January 6, 2014

Each and every one of us has been invited to a special banquet. In the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel we hear Jesus tell us, “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you”. Jesus is, of course, speaking to us about the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the Sacrament that joins us in Holy Communion with him which is why we often call the Sacrament by that name. Jesus invites us to his table, his altar to feed on this Sacrament of his very sacrifice for us. When we worthily receive this Sacrament we are nourished by his gift of himself and we are strengthened for life’s journey with all of its joys and sorrows.
Listen to what he says. If we do not feed on this special Sacrament, we have no life. I remember a woman once told me that she didn’t know how she would be able to face life without receiving Holy Communion. She had her share of troubles and woes, some of which could make a person want to give up and perhaps even not want to live. Yet she learned in the grace of this Sacrament that by uniting herself to Jesus in Holy Communion she found the strength to carry the crosses she faced in life for the sake of Christ who had carried his cross and for the sake of the loved ones she had been entrusted with. She found life.
What a great gift this Sacrament of the Eucharist is. What strength, what help, what life it gives us. If we truly believe the words of Jesus, wouldn’t we long to be with him at Mass and receive this special Sacrament? Each of us has been given an invitation to join Jesus at his table to be fed with his Body and Blood. May we always long for it, reverence it and respond to the invitation to receive it with joy.

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