He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it.
Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying,
“This is my body, which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
– Luke 22:19 (NLT)
Jesus gives Himself to us in the Eucharist
to strengthen us in our weakness,
to accompany us in our loneliness,
and as a foretaste of Heaven itself.
Just before His Passion and Death,
Jesus ordains things in such a way
that this Bread will never be lacking until the end of the world.
For Jesus, on that memorable evening,
when He said “Do this in remembrance of me”,
gave His Apostles and their successors, the bishops and the priests,
the power to renew this marvel until the end of time.
The Holy Eucharist has to last until the end of time
because every time you eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
you are announcing the Lord’s death until He comes again. (1 Cor 11:26)
Jesus will always remain
really, truly, and substantially present with us in the Blessed Eucharist.
The Jesus of the Cenacle – the upper room where He held His last supper –
is the same Jesus who is in the Tabernacle.
Just as much as His disciples enjoyed His physical presence that night of the last supper,
so too can we when we go before the Tabernacle to adore Him.
Jesus always awaits us.
He sees us and recognises us.
We can speak to Him as the Apostles did,
and recount to Him what concerns us and what gives us great joy.
We can thank Him for being amongst us
and we can spend time with Him while recalling His generous self-giving…for us.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
My Lord Jesus Christ, full of mercy and love,
always awaiting, inviting and receiving me when I come before Your true Presence, I adore you and thank you for all Your graces.
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Note: The main source of today’s REFLECTION is the seven-volume work
“In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.