Gospel Reflection for the
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Preparing for Holy Communion
The fuel of our Christian life comes from God.
If we have experienced frustration in our efforts to follow Christ more closely, it could be because we have forgotten this basic truth.
We may have been acting like stubborn, overly-independent children, instead of gladly leaning on the wisdom, strength, and goodness of our heavenly Father.
Today, let’s renew our dependence on God; let’s renew our confidence in him.
One way to do this is by renewing our commitment to God’s favorite channel of grace: the Eucharist. The Eucharist reminds us that we cannot live our Christian life only by our own strength. In the Eucharist, God himself becomes our strength and nourishment. When we adore the Blessed Sacrament or receive Holy Communion, we are filling our souls with supernatural vitamins – God’s grace. Receiving Holy Communion is receiving God himself into our very lives!
How can we begin to live this more deeply? Well, in the first place, we can look forward to it during the week. We can also be sure to repent our sins and selfishness before receiving Communion. And if we have fallen into mortal sin, we have to give our souls a power-wash by going to confession before receiving Communion. And then, we can dress in a special way for Mass, using our best clothes to express our awareness of the special, supernatural encounter that happens every time we receive Communion. We can come a few minutes early to Mass, so as to take some time to pray in the silence of our hearts. And we can even try to come to Holy Communion once or twice during the week.
When an important visitor comes over to our house, we spend time getting the house ready for the visit.
In every Holy Communion, the most important visitor comes into the house of our soul.
From now on, let’s make a point of getting ready, so that we can show true Christian hospitality to the love of God that wants to come in and transform our lives.
(From ePriest – May 2021)