Sunday Reflection – 28 April – Low Sunday the Octave Day of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday
Fr Benedict Groeschel CFR (1933-2014)
O Lord Jesus Christ, how am I to prepare myself to attend that holy sacrifice, which You began at Your Last Supper and which You consummated on Calvary?
That eternal Eucharist begun in sorrow and agony continues, not simply to the end of the world but throughout all eternity. It is, the eternal act of obedience and love that You, as the head of our whole human race, offered to the Trinity, even to Yourself, in Your divinity. These mysteries are completely beyond me. Yet I know, they are true because You revealed them.
Soon, in the person of a priest, a poor human being, Your divine words will be spoken and each of us, at this Mass, will be lifted beyond this place and be part of the heavenly choirs and the eternal divine liturgy. How dare we think that we, creatures of earth, could participate in such a thing! We believe it, because this liturgy began here on earth. From the very first moment of Your existence, as a human being, the altar was prepared, the linens were laid on the altar. Throughout Your earthly life, You laboured in the preaching of the Gospel and in calling the faithful to prayer. Then, at the supreme moment of Your earthly existence, You offered Yourself in total obedience and sacrifice to the Father, for all the world. Your glorious Resurrection and Ascension, point beyond the Cross and beyond the tomb and remind us that this Eucharist, is not only a memorial but an everlasting participation in Your divine and heavenly worship, as priest of the new covenant.
O Lord, give me Your Holy Spirit, that my heart may be lifted up in this Mass, that I may be in one of the choirs that join with You, that I may take my place prayerfully and in reverent attention, with the billions of saints, with the great choirs of angels, with the army of holy souls on their pilgrimage and with all the devout and struggling Christians in the world. Let this Mass be the beginning of a new moment in my life, one step closer to You. May I be encouraged by this sacred meal, to know that You will go with me in the wilderness of life, that You will sustain me so that I may, in fact, not only pray as one of those united to You but, that I may live and act, so that it may indeed be true, that I live, no longer I but You, who live in me. Amen, alleluia!
O Sacrament most holy
O Sacrament divine,
All praise and all thanks giving,
Be very moment Thine.+
Jesus, I love You with all my heart. I wish to love You more every day. Thank You for being with me in this most Holy Sacrament.