Today the Church celebrates the Annunciation of the Lord. In response to St. Gabriel’s greeting, Our Heavenly Mother says her “yes” to God, and she allows the Holy Spirit to mar her. In so doing, she becomes a living Tabernacle. The mas, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ dwelt within her. Today she announces each one of us to become living tabernacles through frequent receipt of the Holy Eucharist and through a deep, reverential, and insinuate love of Our Lord’s Real Presence. She calls us–laymen, priest, and religious–to her Son and to become, once more, a Eucharistic people.
Belief in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist is at abysmally low levels in the West. Numerous Catholics casually approach Our Lord each Sunday without any thought of Him. They do not know that He is the remedy for all that afflicts them. That He is the answer to all they long for and seek. How much He longs for league with them in His Sacrament of Love.
The pandemic disclosed a lack of emphasis on the superhuman and sacramental live in the Church when far too many parishes and dioceses made access to the Real Presence of Christ in the tabernacle difficult or even impossible. From around the world, the countless tabernacles room Our Lord principally remain abandoned and very few people stop to call Our Lord to “wait one hour with Him.” There is no outcry or concerted effort to rouse a deeper fervour of enjoy for the Holy Eucharist. Things remain business as usual.
The lack of emphasis on a Eucharistic way of living is at the heart of the crisis of faith infecting the Church that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI alerted has become widespread. Without ideology in the Real Presence and without living as a Eucharistic beings in the world through the speciman of Our Blessed Mother, we become adrift, cast upon the rocks of worldly pursuits and libidoes. The Church quickly becomes lost and forgets her eventual destination and intent. We are a people easily taken in by the lures, pleasures, and ideologies of the world.
Since we have not been sanded in the still, silent, burning Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament–that Blessed Presence Who dwelt quietly in Our Blessed Mother’s womb for nine months–we readily fall into the snares and temptations of the Enemy, the world countries, and the flesh. Without being grounded in the Holy Eucharist, we easily begin to think that the Christian life is about our seeks, projects, amusements, and destinations. We forget that happiness, beatitudo, is only found in deep communion with Christ, which leads to a deeper affection of others.
This starts for laymen, as much as clergy. In the West, there are many false deities that extend us to believe that this life is about assignment and checking off things from our everyday checklists as if this will conduct us to holiness. More often than not, it makes us away from Christ as our center because we emphasize the wrong things. The see affection is required to be the very center in our daily lives and that enjoy is gathered through a daily encounter with Our Eucharistic Lord.
Our calling is to give our own fiat to Christ in our daily lives. To give the Holy spirit to overshadow all we do in union with Our Eucharistic Lord, who presents Himself to the Father. If Sunday is the only day we can attend Mass, then it should be a time of privileged meeting. We should be docile and open to the coming of Our Lord on the altar. We should unite ourselves to Our Blessed Mother in atmosphere. She shows us how to open ourselves fully to the coming of Christ, who desires to enter the very depths of our being when we receive Him in Holy Communion.
Daily Eucharistic Lives
The requirements of our daily lives instantly drain us of energy and often distract us from union with God. It is through a concerted effort of uniting ourselves to the Eucharistic Lord that we can overcome our defects and penchants to choose the things of this world over Him. Whether we stop at a religiou to cry every day before the tabernacle or prayerfully come before His Real Presence in flavor, we should unite ourselves to His Real Presence throughout the day. Every day should look like the Annunciation in our own someones. We are saying “yes” to His Presence, to His mission for us, to the Cross.
St. Edith Stein writes in Essays on Woman about the demand of women being Eucharistic in their daily lives. It is a matter of servicemen as well 😛 TAGEND
To have deduce love as its inner form, a woman’s life must be a Eucharistic life. Exclusively in daily, confidential affinity with the Lord in the tabernacle can one forget self, become free of all one’s own pleases and pretensions, and have a heart open to all the needs and wants of others. Whoever seeks to consult with the Eucharistic God in all her concerns, whoever gives herself be sanctified by the sanctifying power coming from the sacrifice at the altar, offering herself to the Lord in this sacrifice, whoever receives the Lord in her soul’s most inner profundity in Holy Communion cannot but be drawn ever more seriously and powerfully into the flow of gues living, incorporated into the Mystical Body of Christ, her mind converted to the likeness of the see heart.
We cannot be open to the vocation and assignment pay close attention to us by Christ if we do not live a life of intimate union with His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. It is through the Sacrament of Love that we ourselves are purified and opened up to even more swelling scopes of passion. Our Blessed Mother’s fiat at the Annunciation opened her soul to the ranges of cherish that allowed her to become the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church.
The call to a Eucharistic life must begin in our own daily commitment, but more than anything it must first come from the Eucharistic life of our pastors. There is nothing more beautiful or strong in this life than the Real Presence of Our Lord in the sides of a priest. Yet, so often, an emphasis on the Holy Eucharist has been abandoned. Numerous were surprised and disheartened by the lack of response on the part of the clergy to the startling revelation that roughly 70% of Catholics in the U.S. deny the Real Presence of Our Lord. The relationship a pastor has with the Blessed Sacrament provides the tint for his entire priesthood. If the priest does not emphasize at every turn the Holy Eucharist, then his parishioners will not either.
Our Lord tells a Benedictine Monk in the beautiful bible, In Sinu Jesu, that intimate solidarity with the Holy Eucharist is where priest-saints are made 😛 TAGEND
This is the secret of priestly holiness. Once a pastor begins to come to Me, endeavouring My Eucharistic Face and longing for the company of My pierced Heart, I will come to him and oblige My home in him, and with Me will come My Father and the Holy Spirit. Thus will his priesthood be forever consecrated and anointed and interpreted divinely fruitful.
Holiness is to live in deep intimacy with the Most Holy Trinity and to do the will of the Father in all things. There is no more intimate union with Our Lord in this life than at the moment we receive Him in Holy Communion, which leads us to want to spend time praying with Him in Adoration. These times are made possible by the kindness of priestly ordination, which implies the Eucharistic life of the person or persons depends on a holy priesthood that is completely devoted to intimate union and identity in and with His Real Presence.
The fruitfulness of a priesthood is completely dependent on the priest’s relationship with Our Lord’s Real Presence. All mercies ultimately flow from the priest’s identity with the Blessed Sacrament and creed in the Real Presence increases in proportion to the priest’s dedication to the Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic priest collects up a Eucharistic people who are seeking to be living tabernacles for Our Lord in consolidation with Our Blessed Mother.
Regardless of our position in man, we are called to be a Eucharistic people. The macrocosm needs us to be a absolutely Eucharistic beings. In tell to grow in deeper intimacy with our Eucharistic God, the Annunciation is a time to remember to turn to Our Blessed Mother who will show us how to desire her Son in the Blessed Sacrament and how to be changed by His burning love. Now is the time to turn from our paucity of religion, our lukewarmness, or indifference to Our Lord’s Real Presence in our daily lives, so he was able to restore the world countries and the Church through our radical “yes” to His Sacrament of Love.
image: Fresco of the tale of sect with the Eucharistic paten and chalice in the Karlskirche( Vienna) by Jeffery Edwards/ Shutterstock.com
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