Next month I will be teaching the RCIA class about the Eucharist. One person I will bring up is Kevin, an usher at our church who was diagnosed with a mass on his brain. Kevin was taken to Duke where an MRI revealed a 2-inch inoperable tumor. He was given steroids to prepare for Chemo and I prayed over him before mass to be totally open to the power of the Eucharist. The doctors gave him another MRI before beginning Chemo. The tumor was ½ inch. The doctor was confused because steroids don’t shrink tumors. It was the power of the Eucharist. How did I know that would work? Where did I get that insight? It was simply the touch of the Holy Spirit.
I was baptized in the Holy Spirit on June 28, 2000. Looking back now I see His influence in my life. My understanding of the Eucharist changed dramatically. I knew Jesus was present in all his power and glory in the Eucharist, the same living person who walked the roads of Galilee and healed all who asked. I realized through the Spirit that the host is a living person who longs to pour His love upon us, to bless our socks off. He is Love Incarnate, a love that is all-encompassing and interested in our whole lives not just our salvation. We can come to the Eucharist for everything, help with the stress of teaching junior high or taking care of my month in the last year of her life. To me Jesus was personally present in the Eucharist and I could come to Him there for everything. My job is to point to Him and teach people about the awesome incredible love that is present in the Blessed Sacrament, helping them to open to his love.
I also realize in an intimate way the awesomeness and totally of God’s love. He wants to love us in the here and now, not just in eternity. With God there is always more, more than He has and more that He wants to give us. There is no limit to what He can do, only our openness and trust in what He wants to do.
Because of the Spirit’s touch my life changed dramatically. Not only have I a passion for adoration and the Eucharist but evangelization. The Spirit has led me into Eucharistic Ministry, the RCIA, Legion of Mary, the charismatic renewal and healing ministries so far. He’s not done yet.
Where is the Spirit leading you?