The Sound of the Lord goes forth; his invitation, from generation to generation: “Do this in memory of me.” (Lk. 22: 19)

Listen…

Do you not perceive the keen vibrations; the fine waves of his tender voice making their way and gently knocking on the door of your heart? Step forward then, reach out and with eager boldness, lovingly turn the knob.

 

By the unerring action of the grace of docility, the tiny crack on the door of an open heart is facilitated. In steady progression, the opening grows and soon every barrier gives way. The open heart now stands bare, in full view of the divine eye; the bright splendor of the Lord’s presence enfolds it and as the heart learns to submissively yield to the Lord’s endearingly beckoning, he leads it deeper yet into the immense waters of his truth; it is inevitably caught up in the warm embrace of the pure flame of love. 

This is the first of three steps along the journey to a flourishing Eucharistic life: eager receptiveness and docility to the Word of God.

The second step is ushered in by the question: “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” (Mk. 10: 38). It is an invitation to participation, even after the assertion of St. Paul: “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?” (1 Cor. 10: 16 – 17).

We do well then, to take up this gracious invitation made out to us by the Lord. By our acceptance thereby, we effectively agree to be continually made sharers and participants in the Lord, Jesus’ perfect sacrifice to the Father until we attain our ultimate goal: complete identification with the Lord. In this blessed state we may then be able to say with St. Paul: “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal. 2: 20). Has not Christ taught us that it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher; and the servant to be like his master? (See Matthew 10: 25)

You give them something to eat.” (Mt. 14: 16) Jesus said to his disciples on one occasion, concerning a colossal host of hungry people…we are Christ’s disciples of this present age and these words may very well be addressed to us. Let us pray to the Lord, Jesus, who in the Eucharist hands himself over to be broken, to become the food of men:

Lord Jesus, give us the faith and strength to die to ourselves, in order to become a harvest for you, so that you may continue through us, to give life to men.