Word for the Weekend: June 23
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|It is wonderful that our Eucharists have become more immediate, understandable,
and participatory since Vatican II. But perhaps the cost of making it understandable
has been the embarrassing realization that the Mass, if we actually believe what
it proclaims, is uncomfortably miraculous.
If Christ really has given us the Eucharist, he is doing something far greater in our midst than Elisha’s feeding of two hundred with twenty barley loaves or even Jesus’ own stupendous feeding of five thousand. What we will find in the subsequent passages of John’s Gospel is Christ’s promise to become our very bread. In faith we hold that this promise is not some mere human symbolic projection. No, we are witnessing the holy of holies in our very midst.
Many may still be skeptical. For those who believe it, awe is only appropriate.
John Kavanaugh, S. J.
Now that should make us value the privilege we have of daily Communion. I have this feeling as soon as I am at Mass that this is where I belong, even if I am often distracted and, I must confess, often with the temptation to skip a day during the week. One of the graces of this year has been real effort, if not quite complete fidelity, to daily Mass and time spent in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the afternoon. Having the Chapel next to my bedroom is a big plus!