Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How deeply do we know Jesus?

12th Sunday in Ordinary time, Cycle C 

There are three levels of relationships: the first is the head level; here we know someone's opinion about issues.  In this level, the heart is not involved.

The second level involves the heart.  Here we come to know how the other feels about things.  We can feel as the other feels.  In this level we clarify what is behind a certain feeling.

The third level is the gut level.  Here, no words are uttered; we are deeply one with each other.  We came to be one with each other because gut involves everything in us as we give ourselves to to the other.

What level have we known Jesus? Do we open our bibles to read about him and share his word to others?

Secondly, have we felt as Jesus felt?  When his apostles abandoned him, how do we feel about that?  Do we feel like leaving the Lord also?  Have we asked how he felt about things and people?  Do we share his feelings for mankind?

Finally, have we put our lives on the line just to follow the Lord because we are fully convinced that the path he took would lead us to salvation?  How about laying down our lives for the sake of our children?  Have we done what needs to be done to insure their salvation - to the point of sacrificing our lives for them as Jesus did?

Let us yearn to know, to love, and serve the Lord.  He is worth offering our lives to.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Become the Eucharist

Solemnity of Corpus Christi, cycle C

Pope Benedict, in his homily for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, said, "Become the Eucharist."  For most church goers whose intention is simply to fulfill a Sunday obligation, how could the message of the Holy Father produce a lasting and most profound effect in their lives?

I am reminded of term "Eucharistic Spirituality".  Spirituality is the totality of what I believe in, what I share to others, and what I put my life into.  Spirituality reveals what is in my heart, who I am, and what my mission is in this world.  It reveals the fruit of my love for Jesus and His love for me.

Every aspect of the Eucharist has a direct bearing in my life.  That is why I have to pay attention to celebrate every moment most worthily.  Every word and action are invitations from a loving God that also become my words and actions outside the Church.  As I heard it said, "The Lord be with you," I am to remind the others, "and also with you."  As peace and forgiveness are given to me for free, so I give them freely and unreservedly to others.

Jesus in the Gospel said, "Give them something to eat."  That is the Eucharist.  I become the bread Christ wishes me to be.  He wants to feed others and bring them to life.  I need to offer myself, be lifted up, be broken, and to be given back to others just as Jesus did.

How I wish that there would be many of us to be bread for others.  That is the Eucharistic spirituality.  That eventually becomes the story of my life in the Lord.