Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It is Good for Us to be Here

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the liturgical act/prayer which Padre Pio said would be more difficult for the earth to be without, than to be without the sun.

Will Jesus someday during the Liturgy of the Eucharist grant you the privilege of removing the veil that you may see Him as He really is?

Will you someday watch the entire Sanctuary become flooded by the impenetrable and resplendent Light of Christ as the Words of Consecration are said?

Will you suddenly be blinded by a glorious Divine Radiance when the priest or deacon opens the door of the Tabernacle?

After receiving Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, will you see yourself and others clothed with the Sun like the Woman in Revelation 12?

Whether or not these things happen to you in this lifetime remains in God’s Hands; but even though the likelihood of such occurrences during our pilgrimage on earth are extremely unlikely, it still doesn’t detract from the reality of the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Today as we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, we recall that it was only three of the apostles who were granted the vision of what transpired on the mountain. The others did not see this but for them it doesn't mean that Jesus is the True Light to a lesser degree simply because they weren’t granted the vision.

The love we have for our children, our parents, our family members, and our friends is not something we can pull out of our wallets, purses or pockets. Love is something we feel, not something we can physically see or keep in a box of mementos or have surgically removed. It is the Presence of the Divine within us. Love is a Person. If we love our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, that love need not be diluted of its intensity simply because we can’t see Him. For in the Eucharist, the Object of our love is Love, the Extraordinary veiled by the ordinary species of bread and wine. And even though we can’t see Him as He truly is, we still can say along with Saint Peter: “It is good for us to be here” (Mark 9:4).