O gracious Lord Jesus Christ, though I, who am a sinner, in no ways presume on any merits of my own, and put all my trust in Thy goodness and mercy, yet do I fear and tremble in drawing near to the Table on which is spread Thy banquet of all delights.
The readings today take great pains to reinforce a particularly important type of reality. When we think of real, we often think, or many people think, of the scientific world, based upon observation and fact. And while this is a good and noble way to learn about truth, the way things are, it is not the only way. There is another type of reality, a way of seeing that equally seeks the truth. And often these truths are the higher level truths, because they are the truths that do not rest on human reason (though they are reasonable) but upon the spiritual revelation of God which is always real and true, and will always be real and true.
What we celebrate today is just such a truth. There is with the Eucharist what we see — the host and the wine — and what is really and truly present, the Body and Blood of Christ. To drive home this point, the gospel of John uses really down to earth terms. Real terms. Which causes the listeners to be quite perplexed as to what Jesus means. John uses the word flesh, not just a symbol of the flesh, or a sign, or a recreation, but rather something real and true. So today, receive Jesus, body and blood, soul and divinity, at Mass.
Readings for Today Who is Melchizedek? He is an interesting individual that we might hear at ordinations, but not really very often. In the book of Genesis he is the King of Salem, who rewards Abraham on his victory, something other kings of the day could not do. He offers bread and wine, which is […]
For St. Thomas Aquinas, the will is most rightly used when God’s glory becomes more manifest in our world. In other words, what becomes particularly important, is that when it comes to choosing, ultimately every choice we make can only be evaluated with regards to the purpose for which the choices made. For human beings then, the choice is ultimately about whether or not one follows God, or makes choices that help us to move closer and closer to God.
I suspect all of us have had the occasion to have our eyes tested for vision and other things. It is important, because being able to see clearly is important. Since I have, on both sides of my family, a history of Glaucoma in the family, I get a battery of such tests each year. While they are not difficult or painful tests, they do serve as a reminder of how precious the gift of sight is, and how many threats there can be to seeing well. Having had to use reading glasses for the past couple of years, I am reminded even more often of the importance of being able to see clearly.
Today’s readings show the importance of seeing clearly in another way. That is, just as we may need glasses to see clearly, at the same time, to gain understanding it matters how we see something. Things may not be what they appear if we do not see something clearly. Just as a person may need glasses or contacts to make things visible, so too we learn today that a person needs wisdom to see things clearly.
The “glasses” of faith are used when we engage Wisdom. The definition I have always found helpful for wisdom is this: wisdom is seeing as God sees. The reason I like this definition is that so much of what we do and know in life only really makes sense when we consider how God views things. If we do not consider that human beings are made in God’s image and likeness, it becomes easy to throw them away.
For most, the worst thing to happen is to be forgotten. Think of a children whose parents forget to pick them up. Or how about when a person is forgotten when a relationship comes to an end. It is not a pleasant feeling. It can make us angry, frustrated, sad, depressed.
Readings for Today We live in an age where technology has made so many things instant. The news comes to us immediately, we can text one another at the moment, and in many ways the world is just a click or two away. But this immediacy comes with a cost. Maybe it is not true […]
Readings for Today The Body of Christ. Tonight provides us the powerful celebration that helps us to focus upon the beauty of the Body of Christ as presented to us in the Scriptures. The Body of Christ. It is the Eucharist. It is the people of God. Tonight’s readings put before us both profound truths. […]
Readings for Today (These are the readings for Thanksgiving Day (USA) You have probably heard the quote from Meister Eckhart, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” In a way, this is true. It’s true for a variety of reasons. When I think of […]
Readings for Today I do not know if you have noticed on Facebook, but there is an increasing number of people who are being challenged to be grateful. I have seen three day challenges, seven day challenges and even thirty day challenges. The idea is that for three, seven or thirty consecutive days a person […]