Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Eucharist

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis wrote:

It is in the Eucharist that all that has been created
finds its greatest exaltation.

Grace, which tends to manifest itself tangibly,
found unsurpassable expression
when God himself became man
and gave himself as food for his creatures.

The Lord… chose to reach our intimate depths
through a fragment of matter.

He comes not from above, but from within,
he comes that we might find him in this world of ours.

In the Eucharist… is the living centre of the universe,
the overflowing core
of love and of inexhaustible life…

The Eucharist joins heaven and earth;
it embraces and penetrates all creation.

                                                  - Laudato Si, #236

May the Eucharist we celebrate and receive today
renew in us a deep and abiding reverence for the presence of God:
in the sanctuary of the universe and our own planet;
in the lives of all who deserve a rightful share in God’s creation;
and in the tabernacles of human hearts
where God himself chooses to dwell.