One of my fondest memories looking back on my vacation in the Philippines were the countless meals I shared with my friends. After each meal, my friends would look toward the next meal and ask, “What will we eat?” I’ve come to appreciate how meals are so important to people. Not only because it nourishes our physical hunger, but it’s the authentic and genuine place where the very stories of our lives are shared!
Perhaps that is why our Lord remains with us in the real presence of bread? No experience is more true and joy-filled than encountering him in a very real way at Holy Mass. Encountering our Lord at the Eucharist is to be fully human because we as social beings never encounter him alone, but as wholly integrated community, as brothers and sisters in his sacrificial love.
I feel at times we don’t take it to the next step which is intimacy & mission. As he makes himself available for the meal, he makes himself a prisoner of love in Eucharistic adoration. As we kneel before him, we can be on that mountain top experience with him, share our joys, our burdens, speak to him! In this experience of Adoration, we are one with him, we draw close to him and that moves us back to the Mass and from the Mass we move to service.
The disciple lives in intimate communion with the Lord, receives him in Holy Communion, and shares him in his mission to serve the poor.