Consuming Jesus!

The weekend was one great experience in that I experienced two major events: the tree-planting event at the mountains, and the family reunion of my Mother’s side. During the Sunday Mass offered during the reunion, our Celebrant shared with us the one prayer that priests say during the time they mix the wine and water, just before the Consecration,

‘As You share in our humanity, may we also share in your Divinity.’

This prayer is very meaningful because it tells of responding to Jesus’ generous love of sharing Himself as flesh and blood in order to raise us up on the last day. It speaks much because certainly our relationship with Him is life-giving. His love is nourishment for the soul and the spirit. He knows that our life is full of trials and challenges thus, we need strength and healing of the wounds, the bruises and the pains we experience while here on Earth.

As His faithful followers, we also share Jesus to others. However, unless we have Jesus, we can’t give what we don’t have. We have to be in a state of grace to be able to transmit that love to those in need of Jesus’ presence. When we give our time and talents for the sake of the Gospel, we are being the Eucharist to others. We are one in the Body and Blood with Jesus. We can only be such when we take seriously our Lord’s instruction to make the Eucharist as the true source of our nourishment.

As we continue reflecting on the Bread of Life, may we take heart in consuming Jesus in the Holy Eucharist — so that we may be transformed. Changing our own selves should be the ultimate driver and motivation of following Him till the end.

‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.’ (Jn. 6: 51-58)

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