Today’s Gospel reading gives some of my favorite Christ imagery—Jesus as a grain of wheat. As Catholics we understand Christ’s continual bread allusions as pointing toward the Eucharist, toward the Bread of Life we consume at every Mass. This Gospel is also a reminder of the reality of the sacrificial nature of Mass, where we are at the foot of Jesus’ cross. Continue reading
It is no strain of music, no tinsel of vestment, no pomp of ceremonial which attracts us to our churches, which holds us captive in them. No! For Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament offers the same attractions, commands the same reverent attention, elicits the same humble adoration, whether we assist at His worship amid the poverty and simplicity of an Indian chapel, or assist at it amid the wealth and grandeur of a stately cathedral; it is Christ in the Eucharist Who holds us captive. It matters not to us whether He is worshipped amid the squalor of a stable, as at Bethlehem, by the lowly and the illiterate, or as afterward when offered gold and incense, He is adored by the hIgh-born and learned, by kings and wise men.
This is the Sacrament of His incredible, infinite Love. The Eucharist is no symbol; He is our reality, our everyday miracle. Every day Jesus gives Himself to the Church in the Eucharist and cries out,
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.”
Praise this Heart which has so loved men!