"One thing I request you, Your Grace, to give us all the spiritual help we need.¬† If we have Our Lord in the midst of us - with daily Mass and Holy Communion, I fear nothing for the Sisters nor myself.¬† He will look after us.¬† But without Him I cannot be - I am helpless."¬† (BMT in a letter to)
God wants to be part of our daily life - to feed us, to strengthen us, and to nourish us, both body and soul.¬† When Christ instituted the Eucharist,¬†¬† "...(He) took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body'. Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of¬†the new¬†covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'"¬† (Matthew 26:26-28)
Under the old covenant, the Israelites could only approach God through a priest and the sacrifice of an animal.¬† But now we are free to come directly to God because Jesus' sacrifice has cleansed us.¬† So when we approach the altar, we do so knowing that Christ, Himself, waits for us there.¬† He waits for us fully aware of our fears, our burdens, our joys, and our own sacrifices.¬† He waits for us longingly, as One in love.¬† And He waits to give Himself for us again.
Is it any wonder that Mother Teresa begged for the privilege of daily Mass?¬† Shouldn't we all do the same?¬† Today, seek out Jesus in the Eucharist, and remember Mother Teresa's words:¬† "Without Him I cannot be - I am helpless."
Bl. Mother Teresa, pray for us!