I have been away for a few days and offline. The break did me well but I understand some of you have been missing my posts. That is a blessing to hear. As I consider the Feast of the Body and Blood, I have been wondering about how I become what I eat. How am I Christ to others? I am humbled that some of you find my writings helpful on your own paths.
The Sequence today talks about the food of Angels given to the pilgrim who has striven. I like that image a lot. The bread from Heaven is ours if we choose to come to the table and stay the course. The wine is ours to pour out and share as we leave the table and return to the world. The Spiritual Exercises teach us how not to be Sunday Christians/Catholics. We must be the body and blood of Christ for our hungry world. We must become that gift from Heaven while recognizing it amongst us as we move through out daily lives. That is what the Examen does for us too. We can check in daily to see where we have fed the hungry in our world and where we ourselves have been nourished by others doing the same for us.
The Eucharist is a time of thanksgiving. If we take a few moments to review our day and look for when we have been visited by Christ and when we have been Christ for others, our hearts should be filled with immense gratitude at the many blessings exchanged.
Spend some time in quiet gratitude for the moments that you were the body of Christ today for someone who needed that. Ponder who poured out the cup of salvation for you when you were thirsty today. The Eucharist is a complete gift for us and we are called to be one body through it. May you find joy in the knowledge that the food of the angels is also for us.