Ever since I was a little girl going to catechesis to prepare for my first communion, the idea of God’s presence in the host and in the wine captivated me. I remember stared the host and the chalice during the consecration wishing to see the exact moment when they became Jesus' body and blood… I thought that maybe if I was very attentive I could see something… Ah! Childhood innocence…
From that time until now, my love for the Eucharist has never diminished, not even in the worst times of doubt and darkness in my soul. Actually it has grown day by day, adoration by adoration, Mass by Mass. No matter what, for me God is there, whether feeling his presence or not… for me it is true, and for certain it is the same way for every – or at least for most– of the Catholics around the world as it should be.
Anyhow, this week while making some internet research for new contents for Catholic.net, a video caught my attention and lead me to meditation and to put my own devotion to Eucharist under the microscope. It was a video about a Eucharistic prodigy –not miracle though– happened during Mass celebration at the St. Pio X underground basilica, at Lourdes Shrine in France.
I must confess I am a little bit obsessed with the Eucharistic miracles, I blame my obsession to a book with pictures and stories about them that someone lent to my grandfather and that I found in his studio when I was a little girl.
Either way, in the video I saw, the host rose a few inches by itself just at the moment of the epiclesis and remained floating through the rest of the consecration rite. In the beginning I was thrilled, and I thought to myself "Woow! This is amazing… lucky ones those who were there… woow!!!" Then, when I saw again the video… well… I realized that it was really not that great. Amazing? … yes it was, big miracle? … hmm… not that much when you put things on the right perspective, because the GREATEST MIRACLE that truly happened at that Mass was for sure that God transformed himself into bread and wine to be eaten by man and women!!!
But…Wait! ... It is not what happens in each and
every one of the Masses all over the world since the last supper until now? So… how can we be that blind? A GREAT MIRACLE occurs right in
front of our very own eyes at Mass and we must NOT forget this ever.
Moreover we must remember WHY Jesus transform himself in bread and wine. He is not a distant God sitting comfortably in his throne up in the sky, He is the Immanuel , the “God withus”, and he wants to be our sustenance, he wants to help us grow, he wants to be part of our daily life, that is why he chose the form of food which is the most common thing in our daily life to stay among us. And the best part of all is that He makes this only because of LOVE! and as Father Nathan – a good friend of mine– use to say: it has nothing to do with feelings, so don’t worry if you feel nothing, just be aware of this and be grateful and look that your actions are an appropriate response to a gift as great as the Eucharist is.
So… If you ever have wished and even have
asked, or at least have felt a little curiosity to witness an actual God’s miracle, well, there you
have it, go to Mass! Or even better, if you want to take part of a miracle, then as the disciples in
12- 16, 22- 26) prepared the upper room for the Lord to celebrate the Passover, prepare your heart,
make some cleaning with confession and then, take communion.
Meanwhile… I will keep staring at every Mass, knowing that a GREAT MIRACLE of LOVE is happening right there in front of my eyes just because God loves me and you!
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