Reflection for Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
Jesus continues to explain Himself and the Eucharist in these words: “This is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.” Jesus gives us Himself in the Eucharist, not that we should live immortally here on Earth, but so that we might die to this world and be raised to new life in Heaven. Living eternally in this world would be too little. We are made for more than the limitations of this life will allow! We are made for intimate, permanent union with the God Who made us for Himself. This is why the intimacies of this life ultimately fail to satisfy. We are made for something more. We are made for the perfect love of God, not the imperfect loves that so often disappoint us here and now.
We are called to bring the joy and hope of our heavenly destiny into our earthly relationships here and now. This is why Jesus gives us the foretaste and promise of Heaven in the Eucharist here and now. He gives us Himself, then says “Go, the Mass is ended.” The Mass ends, and our mission begins. We are called to elevate the loves of this world and consecrate them, sanctify them by uniting them to our relationship with God. We bring the light and joy of our union with Christ into every union we make here on earth. Our marriages, friendships, work relationships, even our simple associations with neighbors and countrymen are all improved when we relate to them as people of faith, hope, and charity. We are made for something greater, and our every action in this life is meant to be magnified and glorified by our acting through, with, and in Him.
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn