If someone who was not Catholic came to our Mass and just observed us: would they know (based on how we pray and how we receive the Eucharist) that we really believe in the Real Presence? Today's homily explains how we ought to receive the Eucharist with reverence and awe--given WHO the Eucharist truly is.
This is the second part of my 3-part series on preparing for Jesus this Advent in the Eucharist. Today I look at 2 parts of the Mass--meant to prepare us to receive God in our bodies and souls. Get these parts of the Mass right and everything will change. Miracles will happen.
From John Carroll to Gibbons to Keeler -- Fr. Charles Connor covers 200+ years of history in about an hour. If you love the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Basilica of the Assumption, you will want to listen to this talk.
2,000 years ago Jesus (God) came from heaven to earth. Most saw Him but never recognized Him. He looked too normal. Too humble. Today, Jesus comes from heaven to earth every Sunday--at Mass--in the Eucharist. Most miss Him. He looks too normal, too humble. But the clues from Scripture point to the reality of the Eucharist. It really is Him...God! So how to we preapre to receive God at Mass? For the next couple weeks we will answer that question. Stay tuned...
The scriptures tell us that after listening to Jesus explain the truth of the Resurrection, the Sadducees went away in silence Meanhile the crowd who believed was astonished. What a stark contrast! Pride renders us silent. It prevents us from being amazed. But if we give Our Lord access to our hearts...if we are willing to learn (like the crowd was)...we will be wowed by Him. Everything changes...
Jesus said "give to Caesar what is Caesar's but give to God what is God's." Do we actually do this? Do we really give God our time, our talent and our treasure? Disciples give becuase they know God and His infinite goodness. Jesus never had to ask his disciples to give. They did it becuase their lives were changed by Him.
Holiness is not about paying God lipservice. It's about backing up our words with actions. It's about living what we say we believe. No matter what has happened in your past, you can be a great saint. Here are 3 things you can do to jumpstart your spiritual life...and get on the path to true holiness.
Jesus left the comfy confines of Heaven to come to find laborers for the vineyard. If we are truly Christians--people who follow Christ--we too must leave the comfy confines of our churches and go out to bring others in. Is this easy? No. Will it cost us something? Yes. Is it necessary and rewarding? Absolutely.