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My son is so excited to receive his First Communion! He still has a couple of months, but he just can't wait. Every Mass he goes up with us for Communion, puts his finger over his lips and bows his head to receive a blessing. Lately, however, a growing smile has been playing around on his lips as he knows his big day is coming nearer. And, of course, I can't help but smile as well. His anticipation reminds me of what I should be experiencing.
St. Jean Vianney said, "If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy." How true this is!! Coming face to face with the Savior of the World should have that affect on us, honestly. The Eucharist is one of the deepest, most profound mysteries that our God has revealed to us. It is a gift like no other, a plan like that which has never been conceived, a portal of grace to which nothing can compare, and far more.
This desired anticipation for receiving the Eucharist also reminds me of Easter and the expectancy of the Resurrection. Sometimes I can't help but wish I could have been a fly on the wall when Jesus rose, or when the women and Apostles experienced the risen Lord.
But then it occurred to me: every Mass provides me a glimpse of their view!
Picture it: when Jesus is consecrated on the alter, Father's hands rise upward with the sacred host above the alter, the plain host species becoming the Body of Christ.
Sounds a bit like the Resurrection, doesn't it? Jesus arose from the stone "alter" upon which he had been lying, his human body changing into its new glorified state of perfection.
Try considering this image the next time you are at the table of the Lord. It may help you to feel more intimately involved with that moment when heaven touched earth and our salvation was won.
Thank you, Lord, for continuing to reveal the mysteries of Your great love for us!
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