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The Cross, The Eucharist, and The Void

(Fr. Bill)

Reflection

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The Body of Christ is given for us on the cross. 

Have you ever wished you could give yourself for Jesus? 

You can give one hour of yourself for Jesus every week by spending an hour with Him in the Blessed Sacrament praying for His intentions – not your intentions as that would be an hour spent for yourself (which is a really good thing to do for yourself – better than going to the gym or jogging and more long lasting too, as in eternal) and for those you love (which is a really good thing to do for them), but for His intentions whatever they are at that very moment.  It is just possible that His intentions are more important than yours and spending an hour with Him for His intentions is a pure gift of yourself for Jesus to do with as He pleases. 

 

The Body of Christ is given to us in the Eucharist. 

Have you ever wished you could give yourself to Jesus?

You can give one hour of yourself to Jesus every week by spending an hour with Him in the Blessed Sacrament doing nothing but enjoying – enjoying being there with Him (like Mary of Marth & Mary fame), enjoying being there (which becomes enjoying “being here” since ‘there’ becomes ‘here’ once you arrive), enjoying being (which is why God made you to “be” in the beginning), enjoying

 

“In a society such as ours that rejects metaphysics, glorifies moral relativism, promotes blatant materialism, and whose academics are busy deconstructing the truth, it should not surprise us that an enormous spiritual void has emerged, which many desperately try to fill with frenetic consumerism, joyless hedonism, or bogus spirituality.” (John A. Hardon, S.J.)
        ‘Frenetic consumerism,’ ‘joyless hedonism,’ and ‘bogus spirituality’ will not and cannot fill the void – but Jesus can!  An hour spent with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament begins:

  • to calm the freneticism with the tranquility of stillness. {“Be still and know that I am God.” – God the Father in Psalm 46:10}
  • to quench the fires of hedonism with the tranquility of true joy. {“All this I tell you that My joy may be yours and your joy may be complete.” – God the Son in John 15:11}
  • to replace bogus spirituality with the Way to Truth and Life, the journey to the true wholeness which is holiness. {“Follow the way of love, even as Christ loved you. He gave Himself for us as an offering to God.” – God the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 5:2}

This begins the very first time you spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  It continues in your weekly commitment until one day you make the happy discovery that your longtime companion, The Void, has been replaced by two new friends, Meaning and Joy.