HOLY COMMUNION BEGINS FOR JESUS WHEN WE ARE DISMISSED FROM MASS.
The Eucharist is such a beautiful gift of Jesus to us. We enter into His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Did you ever wonder why so many Catholics don’t worship with us on the weekends? How do other human activities become more important? Have you ever noticed how many people, especially the young, volunteer in organizations that help struggling people? They even travel to different countries to minister to the poor.
Jesus purposely brought our worship and service to others in one celebration – the Last Supper. First, he washed His disciples’ feet and then gave them the Bread of Life to minister to Him in the poor.
Jesus asks in the Gospel if we understand what He did for us when He washed our feet in the disciples. I wonder how much we do. He gave us a model of Holy Communion with Him and others.
My friends, we will begin to appreciate our Holy Communion with Jesus in the Holy Mass when we feed Jesus and when we visit Jesus in the nursing homes and hospitals. But, communion with Jesus doesn’t stop with us.
Others are brought into Communion with Jesus when we give Him a call to see how He is doing. When we take time to listen to Jesus in our family members.
Our Holy Communion with Jesus in the Holy Mass is just the beginning. It is completed when we walk through the church’s doors and out into the world to encounter Jesus in every face we meet.
Bring Jesus in you to all whom you meet. We are not social workers. We are bearers of Jesus to the world. We need Jesus in the Sacrament to be His Sacrament for others.
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC