THE FEAST OF THE EUCHARISTIC HEART, THE TITULAR FEAST OF THE INSTITUTE OF THE SISTERS OF THE EUCHARISTIC HEART

We lack fitting words to describe this Love of God for us in the Eucharist, where he has remained perpetually in Love with us till eternity; as if he has no other business than to keep loving us and feeding us with himself, the spiritual food (John 6: 56), “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I Him.

The celebration of the solemnity of the feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, the celebration of this symbol of love invites us to a deeper contemplation of the depth of God’s love for us and to respond to this love in our today to today living. One is actually bereft of the right words to describe the love of God for us in the Eucharist, the ‘source and summit’ of the entire church.

When we contemplate the gigantic love of our Eucharistic Lord, we get an invitation to Love him in return, to be lost in the wide embrace of His Love. To forget our worries, short comings, and imperfections, and be free to love him like a child loves and clings to his mother; our Lord will very well take care of our concerns. We will very well appreciate the deeper meaning of the love represented by the bread (cf. Col 1: 18-20).

When we reflect the alluring love of our Eucharistic Lord, we get a gentle reminder to do his will and to stop pursuing our personal and selfish interest. Just like He abandoned himself completely to His Father’s will in the garden of gethsemane. “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you; take this cup away from me, yet not what I will but what you will.” (Mark 14:36). The Eucharist is the representation of Jesus’ Sacrifice, and a sign of hope of his return (I Cor 11: 26)

When we meditate the flawless love of our Lord present in the Eucharist, we discover the means to be perfect like him, to reflect his glory in the conduct of our lives. For he says “Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect”. (Matt 5:48) he will give us the grace to strive for that holiness, but we must be determined to make effort. Due respect and adoration is due to the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

When we contemplate the ravishing love of our Eucharistic Lord, we get a compelling invitation to allow ourselves be broken and shared for others, to serve others without looking back. Just as he was wounded for our transgressions and yet he came to give us life in abundance. “But he was wounded for our sins; he was crushed for our wickedness. The punishment that made us whole fell on Him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5). This knowledge of his deep love for us should strengthen us to do our best in all ramifications.

When we ponder the radiating love of our Eucharistic Lord, we are challenged to let our lives radiate love, compassion and forgiveness to others. We are tasked to be the light in the darkened world, to be salt in the insipid world. “I have come into the world as light, so that no one who believes in me may remain in the darkness.” (John 12:46).

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