We Need the Eucharist

A few years ago my parish had a mission based on the changes in the mass coming in Advent. The priest giving the mission started by asking why we went to Sunday Mass. As I listened to the various answers I kept thinking a better question would be why we don’t go to mass as often as possible. Don’t we know how much we need Jesus in the Eucharist? Don’t we realize how desperate are the times we live in?
So often we get slammed by the world. We’re battered and beaten so much we feel like Rocky. Over and over we get hit with bad news economically. Unemployment is still high. We feel uncertain about our jobs. Prices are sky rocketing. Record prices are predicted for gasoline next summer. The European Debt Crisis has the Stock Market reeling. The future seems to be a frightening place.
So many people have been rocked by natural disasters. Tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, freak snow storms, hurricanes and flooding are just a few of the disasters this year. If you weren’t affected you probably knew somebody who was.
Many families are rocked by bad news medically. A five-year old has leukemia. A 34-year-old has breast cancer. Our parents suffer from dementia. How many people do you know who are hurting from illness?
How many people do you know who are suffering, from illness, addiction, unemployment or underemployment, the economy, abuse or family strife, or natural disasters? How many do we know suffering from the wars? We know so many people who are hurting who need our prayers that is overwhelming.
How do we cope? How can we endure such difficult times? Where do we get the courage to go on, to face the future? The answer is in receiving the Eucharist as often as possible. Each communion is an opportunity to encounter Jesus and be blessed by Him. He longs to bless us, to give us the graces we need.
We have to realize that the Eucharist is pure love. Human words cannot describe the intensity of the love present in each host. Present in every consecrated host is Jesus Christ. Do we realize how much Jesus loves us? Jesus loved us so much He decided to make Himself present in the host to us. This is the same Jesus who loved us enough to be scourged, crowned with thorns, and crucified for us. The same Jesus who carried the Cross on His whip torn back and shoulders to Calvary out of love for us is present in the host that we receive. We will never understand how He does this until we reach Heaven but why is simple. He loves us more than we can imagine. If we were to combine all the love we’ve ever felt or experienced in our lives it would not match the immensity of the love Jesus has for each person who receives.
The Jesus who is present in the Eucharist is the same Jesus who walked the roads of Galilee and Judea. He is the same who healed the lepers, the blind man, the lame, the paralytic. He is the same Jesus who raised the daughter of Jairus and also Lazarus from the dead. This is the same Jesus with all His compassion and power.
Just as Jesus poured His love and blessings upon the people of Palestine He wants to pour His love and blessings upon us every time we receive Communion. Every Communion is an opportunity to open ourselves up to His incredible love and awesome power. The only limit on His gifts is our openness. Too often we seek only material blessings or just go through the motions of receiving Him. We go up the aisle expecting nothing to happen and that is what we receive. We need to open ourselves up to His mercy and love. He knows best what we need. All we have to do is approach him honestly asking for the best He has to give us at this moment.
The Eucharist is life itself. Everything we need to be really happy will come to us through the power of the Eucharist. It is here we receive the power to change to become loving human beings. It is here we receive the grace to turn away from the anger, negativity, self-centeredness, and impurity that surrounds us.
There is no limit to the graces and power of God. There is no limit to His generosity. We can never imagine the immensity of His love or the blessings He wants to give us. We can never trust Him too much. He longs to grant us all that we truly need and more.
Unfortunately we have forgotten what a privilege it is to attend mass and receive Jesus. So often even on Sundays our pews are empty. Too often the attraction of mass is the opportunity to see our friends rather than to encounter Jesus and experience His love. Too often Father is the main attraction. We need to change this. Our emphasis needs to be on Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist. We need to point to Jesus and proclaim His desire to be with us now, to bless us now, to overwhelm us with His love. We need to teach people how to open themselves up to the graces He longs to pour upon us. We need to help people to approach communion expectantly in joyful surrender knowing that God will bless them beyond their imaginations. There is so much that Jesus wants to give us, so much He wants to do for us, so many blessings He has for us. We need to let the world know. Jesus is here. He wants to bless you, to make your life better. He waits longingly passionately. He waits just for you.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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