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Eating Fire and Spirit: Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion

Eating Fire and Spirit: Receiving Jesus in Holy CommunionEating Fire and Spirit: Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion

Imagine eating the sun–and imagine you could do it without vanishing. What would happen? You would receive into your mas the source of light and kindnes. You would have within you all the ignited and hot that you could possibly ever need or demand. No more heating legislations , no more lightbulbs , no more winter tours to warmer climes.

When we receive Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, we receive the source of all supernatural daybreak and friendlines, the lighting of truth, the hot of ardour, for undoubtedly He is the “sun of Justice.” We receive God Himself, the very Son of God, Who is inseparable from the Father and the Holy spirit. Saint Ephrem the Syrian wrote: “He called the bread his living body and he crowded it with himself and his Spirit …. He who feeds it with sect, snacks Fire and Spirit….”

That we are not killed instantly by this contact with everlasting and infinite Fire is, in its own way, a greater miracle than would be eating the sunshine without expire. Our Lord protects us, courteously secreting His blazing glory lest we be overwhelmed, and gently radiating His peace.

It is because we receive divine fire–a fire far more potent in the assortment and reach of its possible spiritual accomplishes than any physical fire–that the honorable acknowledgment of the Eucharist is purifying, illuminating, and unitive. The Holy Eucharist does within and upon the mind that which barrage does within and upon incendiary material, burning away contrary dispositions and transforming the matter into itself. But since the spiritual mind is incorruptible, the person can become fire without croaking, like the superhuman burning bush. The Eucharist does for the soul what the ardor of the sunlight does for the earth, spreading lamp, warming torsoes, motiving growth.

As we learn from the Fathers, Doctors, and mystics of the Church, the Real Presence of Jesus has a proper effect on our soul and our figure. It plays principally on the someone, for, again like the sunbathe, Jesus radiates kindnes to everything that surrounds Him, everything with which He comes into contact, according to His will, “according to the measure of the making of Christ”( Eph 4:7 ).

This article is from The Holy Bread of Life eternal.

Like the healing of the status of women with the flow of blood( cf. Lk 8: 43 ), the diseased blood of the old-time Adam cannot be healed by any human drug, but exclusively by the touch of the brand-new Adam, family physicians of people. The Lord touches first the essence of the soul, improved in it the kindnes that concludes the someone pleasing to God, an adopted son of the Father, a sister and bride of the Son, a temple of the Holy Spirit. He strokes the competence of the person, informing them with goodness, strengthening virtuous attires. He arouses these dominances into operation–He raises within us acts of faith, hope, kindnes, and all the virtues. Simply in the life to come will we be given to know just how many times it was Jesus who, had to deal with the listless torpor of our crash condition, invigorated our souls into action and motivated us to bear fruits pleasing to God and profitable to us.

Holy Communion forces their own bodies, too. This is very important to see, even if we cannot understand it altogether. Wrapped in the long shadow of Descartes, modern Westerners seem afflicted with a tendency to consider “spirituality” the exclusive discipline of the spirit–leaving the flesh to fend for itself like an abandoned orphan. This is not what the Lord who formed heaven and earth has in mind for us substance individuals. By the ways and means of the Holy Eucharist, our flesh is acquired more subservient and obedient to the soul, yielded more receptive to the informing power of feeling and righteousnes. The Lord is sown into the flesh as a grain of immortality: He extends gues life, discern life, upon what has merely earthly life and earthly life.

The Life we long for, the anointed life, living conditions of heaven: this Life we can take into ourselves. That God should sacrifice us Himself is absolutely beyond our limited understanding, but not at all beyond His unlimited influence. The Way we seek to follow, the Gospel way, is not a doctrine but a Person, the Word formed Flesh, and this Person gives Himself to us.

We must therefore cling heartily and blithely to the Eucharistic Lord, and receive Him as often as we can, go before Him in Adoration, let our attentions and natures be “eucharisticized” so that our lives is likely to be, more and more, an deed of thanksgiving for His mighty work of recovery in us.

This article is adapted from a chapter in Dr. Kwasniewski’s latest bible, The Holy Bread of Eternal Life: Restoring Eucharistic Reverence in an Age of Impiety. It is available as an ebook or paperback from Sophia Institute Press.

image: The icon of Jesus Christ the Priest from Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena, Ravenna via Renata Sedmakova/ Shutterstock.com

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