A Time to Reset and Repurpose
As we make our way through Lent and prepare for Easter, our Lord gives us a glorious opportunity to reset and repurpose our lives. Now is the time to cleanse and renew. Now is the time to revive ourselves in the holy Eucharist.
We are in the midst of a “Eucharistic Revival” at a time when belief in God is declining. The reasons for the decline are aplenty. One cannot help but wonder, where our Lord is in this storm of doubts, confusion, division, and violence against our faith.
Our Lord is in our midst. Let us gaze upon his Real Presence in the holy Eucharist. Many Catholics do not believe Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. Remember: the holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. We rob ourselves of its grace if we do not abide in it.
Power of Love
The grace of the Eucharist is the power of God’s love made manifest in Jesus Christ. The Eucharist is the sacrament of love. “The way we came to know love was that [Christ] laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16).
Our Blessed Mother knew the power of this love. Mary lived her eucharistic faith even before the Eucharist was instituted at the Last Supper. She gave herself completely to God so that Christ could live in her.
To live in us, our Savior sacrificed himself, giving us his Body, Blood, soul, and divinity by way of the Eucharist. This Blessed Sacrament augments our union with Christ, separates us from sin, and commits us to the poor. Christ himself feeds our faith, hope, and especially love in this world for our eternal salvation and life in heaven.
Each time we partake of the eucharistic celebration, we are called to live our eucharistic faith. Therefore, in this season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, let us offer ourselves to God. By our adoration and participation in the eucharistic celebration, we can grow to be Christlike in our daily living.
Like Mary, we can be conduits for our Lord’s work in this world and draw others to him. Let us gain strength from the holy Eucharist. By revitalizing our own faith, hope, and love, we revitalize the body of the Church. With Christ, we can weather the storms for all to see his loving goodness. Amen!