Saturday, April 9, 2011

Month of the Eucharist

"The Lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed” (1 Cor 11:23) instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his body and his blood. The words of the Apostle Paul bring us back to the dramatic setting in which the Eucharist was born. The Eucharist is indelibly marked by the event of the Lord's passion and death, of which it is not only a reminder but the sacramental re-presentation. It is the sacrifice of the Cross perpetuated down the ages. This truth is well expressed by the words with which the assembly in the Latin rite responds to the priest's proclamation of the "Mystery of Faith": "We announce your death, O Lord!" (Ecclesia de Eucharistia)

April is the month of the Eucharist!  And the month in which we celebrate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord.  It is appropriate to begin Pathways to Peace, as a reminder to us that Jesus in the Eucharist is our true source of peace.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian Life. (1324)  And Our Lord has told us that He will give us His peace and refreshment if only we come to Him. 
  • Come to Me all of you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will refresh you...”  “Cast all of your anxieties upon the One who cares for you....” “My peace is My gift to you.”  (Mt. 11:28; 5:7; John 14:17)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our whole Christian Life. 1324). Daily in community we pray before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, to draw us closer to Himself, His Church, and one another as His own people.  
Eucharistic Adoration is an expression of our love for Jesus, who loves us so much that He never wants to leave us.  He is always there in the tabernacle to hear our needs. Our Lord asked Peter, James and John, “Could you not spend one hour with Me.”  As we celebrate the commemoration of the Last Supper, the night that Our Lord gave Himself to us in the Eucharist, let us show our love and spend some time in prayer, adoration and contemplation of the great gift of Himself. He promised to be our source of peace. 
Each moment that you spend in His Eucharistic Presence will increase His Divine Life within you and deepen your personal relationship and friendship with Him. If more people would realize this, they would never pass up an opportunity.
If you care to share your experience and blessings received through Eucharistic Adoration, perhaps it would inspire others to spend time with the Lord.

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