FALL IN LOVE WITH THE EUCHARIST

Lori ElsassPastor

“When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” – Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

For many, February is considered the month of love and therefore is the perfect time as Catholics to renew our devotion to the Holy Eucharist and open up the infinite graces and blessings from Jesus’ greatest Gift to the entire world: Holy Mass and Holy Communion, His Body, Blood Soul and Divinity!  Throughout the month of February, we will offer ways that will help all of us deepen our love for His Miraculous Gift.

FAITH The Lord Jesus, on the night before he suffered on the cross, shared one last meal with his disciples. During this meal our Savior instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages and to entrust to the Church his Spouse a memorial of his death and resurrection. As the Gospel of Matthew tells us:  While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)

Recalling these words of Jesus, the Catholic Church professes that, in the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest.  Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. . . . For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (Jn 6:51-55). The whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine—the glorified Christ who rose from the dead after dying for our sins.

Beg the Lord for a greater faith in the sublime mystery of the most Holy Eucharist and as you approach the altar for Communion, you can slowly repeat the beautiful statement of belief of St. Thomas the Apostle: “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28)

VISIT – Make it a habit to visit the most Blessed Sacrament as often as possible.  Friends meet to chat, talk, and enjoy each other’s company; so should we, in visiting and talking frequently to Jesus.  The Catechism quotes Pope John Paull II: “The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship.  Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love.  Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world.  Let our adoration never cease.” (CCC, 1380) 

Every vocation in the Church comes from and through Christ Jesus. It is he who calls. Spending time in Eucharistic Adoration with our Divine Lord and Friend is a good place to go to ask what he wants with our life. Why not spend some time each week in adoration, in union, in contemplation of the Lord present in the Eucharist?

Take the opportunity given to us every day at Holy Angels to come before our Lord in the Tabernacle in Adoration.  Eucharistic Exposition is every Thursday after 8:00 a.m. Mass until Benediction at 8:15 p.m. and every First Friday after 8:00 a.m. (8:45 a.m.) Mass until Benediction prior to 6:30 p.m. Mass.