Today's Gospel: John 6:30-35
When my sons were in their early teens, it was hard to count the number of times in a week I heard the words, “I’m hungry!” The only time it bothered me was when I heard it less than 30 minutes after the supper dishes were finished. The problem with earthly food is that it dissolves, absorbs and disappears in just a few hours leaving us right back where we started.
The Eucharistic banquet is so very different. Jesus provides us with His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity each time we approach His altar with an open heart and a willing spirit. He doesn’t feed our body; He nourishes our soul. The sign the crowd was demanding is right before our eyes every time we receive Him in the Eucharist.
The Eucharistic Miracle continues beyond the transformation from bread and wine. Jesus invites us to be a living Eucharistic Miracle. He begs us to come to Him so that He may give us life through the gift of His Body and Blood so that He may work through us. He gives us strength and hope if we simply approach His altar and receive Him with the words; Yes Lord, I believe.
Take a good look at your preparation process before receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. How can you better use the time leading up to Communion to prepare yourself to receive all the “life” Jesus has for you?
Oh Sweet Jesus, I thank you for the gift of your Holy Body and Blood. Please make me open to your life giving presence in the Most Holy Eucharist.
Copyright 2014 Sheri Wohlfert
About the Author
Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to look at the simple ways we can all find God doing amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.