Posted by: wordofthevine | April 10, 2015

Jesus near us in the Eucharist: Really!!!

Have you ever noticed yourself falling into a routine attitude when you attend Mass and receive the Eucharist. You go through the motions but find yourself distracted by things ofNTQ1NDU4MjUz_o_14082011-holy-eucharist this world. I remember being startled at Mass that we were already at the consecration time for I had been day dreaming about what I was going to cook after Mass. I didn’t want to do this but I had to work at self disciple and focus during this most heavenly connection, being at Mass.

Some things that help me stay focused is to read the writings of the Saints, or those in the process of becoming a saint, to learn from their musings. I do this to replace some of their thoughts during Mass and outside of Mass for my own distractions. I picked up Irresistibly Drawn to the Eucharist: Conchita Cabrera de Armida’s Most Beautiful Writings on the Eucharist edited by Juan Gutierrez Gonzalez, M.Sp.S. Venerable Conchita was a wife, a mystic, a mother of nine children who lived through the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century. She received words from Jesus about the Eucharist which really inspire me.

Conchita asked Jesus one day why he asked or even implored people to receive the Eucharist regularly, even daily. Jesus responded: “The aim is always love, because  I could not order in any other way, I would not be able to. In my infinite gentleness, I order mankind to be happy…I order him to EAT me, because I am consumed by the burning desire to be near him, joined to him to make him happy. I want him to share in my divine and human perfection, to make him holy, and this makes me beside myself as it were, because the Man-God’s infinite love for mankind is stupendous, my daughter! Souls who have been listening for centuries and centuries, souls who eat this body and drink this blood, they are so few! If they only knew what they stood to gain by receiving me, not only through love but also because of the benefits of union with me, the whole world would receive Communion every day. One of the greatest torments of eternity, daughter, is not have made the most of this Eucharistic treasure.”

Ask yourself: what do I focus on in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist? Do I really believe that the graces and presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is real, a force that transforms me? Think about yourself on your death bed. What will you be grateful for and what will help you form a true ability to receive Jesus fully? Make it a habit to focus on Jesus, like He was a real person in your midst, but even more, the one who truly knows you and who brings you the unique remedy for your soul. He is not indifferent to this but desires with all His heart to come within you to make you like Him in order to enjoy union with you now and for all eternity! ~ Mary


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