Praise in the Eucharist
When do you take time to get on your knees, to truly praise and give thanks to God. So much of the time in our modern society, there is no time for quiet, for reflection, for time to praise. I find it extremely important during the mass, when the priest is blessing the Eucharist, holding it up, saying "take and eat this bread, this is my body that has been given up for you, do this in memory of me", and then holds up the chalice of wine, and says a similar blessing, this is the climax point of the mass, this is the moment we are there for. At this moment, by God's grace, the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ, our Lord and Saviour. This moment is crucial, when transubstantiation takes place, and by God's love and grace, we recall Christ's sacrifice for us on the cross. This is a moment you shouldn't be distracted by life, but remember and praise and not only kneel, but bow. This is Christ, made present for us.
Today's First Reading states:'Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, "Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come forth from you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. And I will give to you, and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God." And God said to Abraham, "As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations'(Genesis 17:3-9).
In today's reading, we hear how Abraham falls on his face and offers himself for God's will, and God binds a covenant with him, because of his great belief. Do we show our belief, and bow down to God's will, completely giving of ourselves as Jesus is made present on the altar for us? What runs through your mind as the priest blesses the Eucharist? Take some time to ask God to help you be present and reflective in the mass.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer of the Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. Our Lord to Sr. Benigna Consolata: "Make as many Spiritual Communions as possible, to supply for the many Sacramental Communions which are not made. One every quarter of an hour is not enough. Make them shorter, but more numerous." Amen.