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 festivity of the Holy Eucharist and through a late, reverential, and insinuate love of Our Lord’s Real Presence. She calls us–laymen, priest, and religious–to her Son and to become, once again, a Eucharistic people.
Belief in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist is at abysmally low levels in the West. Countless Catholics casually approaching 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 uniting with them in His Sacrament of Love.
The pandemic disclosed a lack of emphasis on the superhuman and sacramental man in the Church when far too many parishes and dioceses made access to the Real Presence of Christ in the tabernacle difficult or impossible. Throughout the world, the countless tabernacles housing Our Lord mainly remain abandoned and very few people stop to inspect Our Lord to “wait one hour with Him.” There is no outcry or concerted effort to rouse a deeper devotion of love 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 told has become widespread. Without sentiment in the Real Presence and without living as a Eucharistic people in the world through the lesson of Our Blessed Mother, we become adrift, cast upon the rocks of worldly pursuits and lusts. The Church immediately becomes lost and forgets her ultimate end and determination. We are a beings readily taken in by the lures, pleasures, and doctrines “of the worlds”.
Since we have not been grounded in the still, silent, burning Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament–that Blessed Presence Who abode mutely in Our Blessed Mother’s womb for nine months–we readily fall into the nooses and temptations of the Enemy, the world countries, and the flesh. Without being sanded in the Holy Eucharist, we readily begin to think that the Christian life is about our works, schedules, pleases, and points. We forget that happiness, beatitudo, is only found in deep communion with Christ, which gives rise to a deeper compassion of others.
This becomes for laymen, as much as clergy. In the West, there are many false idols that head us to believe that this life is about duty and checking off things from our everyday checklists as if this will precede us to holiness. More often than not, it makes us away from Christ as our centre because we emphasize the wrong things. The see ardour must be the most center in our daily lives and that passion is gathered through a daily meeting with Our Eucharistic Lord.
Our calling is to give our own fiat to Christ in our daily lives. To give the Holy Spirit to mar all we do in union with Our Eucharistic Lord, who furnishes 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 amply to the coming of Christ, who desires to enter the most profundities of our being when we receive Him in Holy Communion.
Daily Eucharistic Lives
The requirements of our daily lives rapidly drain us of energy and often distract us from solidarity with God. It is through a concerted effort of uniting ourselves to the Eucharistic Lord that we can overcome our fatigues and predispositions to choose the things of this world over Him. Whether we stop at a religion to pray each day before the tabernacle or prayerfully come before His Real Presence in flavour, we should unite ourselves to His Real Presence throughout the day. Every day should look like the Annunciation in our own feelings. 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 essential of the status of women being Eucharistic in their daily lives. This applies to humankinds as well 😛 TAGEND
To have deduce love as its inner form, a woman’s life must be a Eucharistic life. Merely in daily, confidential rapport with the Lord in the tabernacle can one forget self, become free of all one’s own wishes and pretenses, and have a heart open to all the needs and misses of others. Whoever seeks to consult with the Eucharistic God in all her concerns, whoever lets herself be purified by the sanctifying power coming from the relinquish at the altar, give herself to the Lord in this sacrifice, whoever receives the Lord in her soul’s most inner extent in Holy Communion cannot but be drawn ever more profoundly and powerfully into the flow of gues living, incorporated into the Mystical Body of Christ, her soul converted to the likeness of the deduce heart.
We cannot be open to the vocation and goal 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 sanctified and opened up to even more swelling compass of adore. Our Blessed Mother’s fiat at the Annunciation opened her soul to the expanses of affection 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 powerful in this life than the Real Presence of Our Lord in the entrusts of a clergyman. Yet, so often, an emphasis on the Holy Eucharist has been abandoned. Many were surprised and chagrined by the lack of response on the one of the purposes of the clergy to the startling revelation that nearly 70% of Catholics in the U.S. disclaim the Real Presence of Our Lord. The affair a pastor has with the Blessed Sacrament prepares the sound 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 notebook, In Sinu Jesu, that intimate league 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 penetrated Heart, I will come to him and perform My home in him, and with Me will come My Father and the Holy Spirit. Thus will his priesthood be forever consecrated and ordained and rendered 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 mercies of priestly ordination, which means the Eucharistic life of the person or persons depends on a holy priesthood that is completely devoted to intimate union and name 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 goodness ultimately flow from the priest’s identity with the Blessed Sacrament and ideology in the Real Presence increases in proportion to the priest’s dedication to the Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic priest fosters up a Eucharistic people who are seeking to be living tabernacles for Our Lord in organization with Our Blessed Mother.
Regardless of our government in man, we are called to be a Eucharistic beings. The nature needs us to be a totally 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 converted by His burning love. Now is the time to turn from our need of religion, our lukewarmness, or detachment to Our Lord’s Real Presence in our daily lives, so he was able to rekindle the world and the Church through our revolutionary “yes” to His Sacrament of Love.
image: Fresco of the story of sect with the Eucharistic paten and chalice in the Karlskirche( Vienna) by Jeffery Edwards/ Shutterstock.com
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