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Mass (a haiku)


Hear the Word of God

Taste of His Body and Blood

See how He loves you

I truly don’t feel like Jesus is right there during the Eucharist. When I feel Him really with me is during praise and worship, personal prayer time, and I see Him all the time in other people. Why do I need anything more than His grace and a personal relationship with Him? - Anonymous

This may sound really odd, but I don’t feel Jesus there either. I guess we’re in the same boat! That’s the really strange thing about the Eucharist. Somehow Jesus was okay with the fact that our senses just shut down around the Eucharist. We don’t see God, hear God, touch God, taste God… and yet it’s God there.

The key is that — as with all things that are authentically divine — our eyes don’t work. We have to trust the “eyes of faith.” And, as the traditional theological dictum goes, faith is “of things we hear,” not things we see. So we can’t count on our eyes, but we can count on what we are told and what is passed down to us… the Word.

Faith, not sight! That’s the only answer that you and I can hold onto. But we’re not clinging desperately… we’re actually anchored onto a rock more firm than any human certainty. God has said so!

So when you go to Adoration or go to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, ask him humbly for that grace to “see” more clearly with your eyes of faith and to discover his Presence. Because of that Presence, our lives can never be the same!

It’s great to hear that you’re able to have so much fervor and clarity of Jesus’ presence in personal prayer, etc. It’s truly a gift! It won’t always happen. A little bit on that here. But pray that the same thing start to happen more frequently with the Eucharist… it’s a great support for faith. But faith ultimately isn’t about what we feel… it’s about what we believe.

And if that’s the case, then that relationship — with a God who gives himself to you as food and drink — will be more personal than anything else we could ever have imagined! And that grace will be more tangible than anything else we could ever have imagined!

I love being Catholic. Every day just convinces me more that I don’t deserve this at all. It’s just way too much. God is good!

- Father Shane

There is something deeply ironic about this Eucharist video. See if you can figure it out…

Update: Since you were asking, it’s that the voiceover is a very famous sermon by S.M. Lockridge, a Baptist preacher who went to his eternal reward in the year 2000. The Catholics who made this video picked up on the “Have you met Jesus” theme and did a great job running with it… “Have you met Jesus in the Eucharist?” the images seem to ask us.

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