Posted by: livingscripture | September 17, 2012

Twenty-fourth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes”

                                                  (1 Corinthians 11: 26)                                                                                                                                                                      

How should we live this Word 

The Antiphon for today’s Gospel is a powerful proclamation, “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.”  Yes, God has loved us to the folly of love, sacrificing His Son, Christ Jesus.  He still wanted to add something by instituting the Eucharist that is the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, thereby perpetuating His gift.

Behold, He put Him in our hands.  It is as though He is saying to us today, ‘Look. When you communicate, you not only receive in your heart the life of Christ, His flesh, His blood, but by doing this, you proclaim to the world that it is infinitely loved by Him.  This is so because the very Son of God has given Himself for the salvation of all.

What has been entrusted to us is important and stupendous.  I must be attentive to approach the Eucharist not only through personal devotion or through a devout habit or a disincarnated spiritualism.  I receive You in the Eucharist, Lord.  Whether people believe this or not, this action cries out, ‘Brother, sister, look how much we are loved!  I proclaim it with joy, with my whole heart.  It makes no sense to become depressed by difficulties; desperation makes no sense.  You are loved by God.’

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will delight in the great love God has for me and for everyone and I will be filled with joy.

Lord, increase my awareness, my true devotion when I approach the Eucharist.  I receive You in it and with it I announce to the world that You love me without reserve.  This is Your will of salvation.

The voice of Ernesto Balducci, Christian Sage 

The Eucharist that does not erupt as a need to create fraternity in the world is a rite of consolation, an abusive rite.

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