Saturday, August 12, 2006

EUCHARISTIC SPIRITUALITY


19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle B

Gospel Reading: John 6: 41 - 51

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." (51)

In these times today, people are encouraged to bring out their spirituality. But what is it exactly? When we are at work, do we make efforts to manifest our spirituality like a light before others? Are we also inspired when we see the spirituality in others?

Spirituality is our access to God's world made concrete in our own. It is to take pride in God working in daily life and letting Him be known to others. It is let God's word and life take fruit in life. It is to reflect Jesus in daily life.

I would recommend spirituality for daily life. It is called the Eucharistic spirituality. It is a spirituality based on the dynamics of the Holy Eucharist that is celebrated each day for seven days, each hour for 24 hours, and each year until eternal life.

It is to understand that we are always in the presence of the Lord and that God is with us like in the beginning of the mass when the priest says, "The Lord be with you" and the people respond, "And also with you."

It is to recognize that the work we do each day can be sanctified by the Lord and offered to the Father only if we allow Him. Our work each day can be opportunities for salvation more than it is an opportunity for a better future in this world. All our experiences, both positive and negative, become gifts that the Lord sanctifies. We remember that when we go to the mass, our experiences are our stories together with Jesus.

Finally, Eucharistic spirituality enables us to take the call of the Jesus and proclaim His love before others. After the mass ends we go forth and do God's will - we repair relationships, we build systems of charity, and we lead others, including ourselves to God.

The Eucharistic then begins to breathe life from the Lord down to us. And our lives become pleasing offerings to the Father.

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