The longing you and I have is not for entertainment, or to be inspired, or even for more information.
The longing that we have, that every human being has, is to meet God.
It is traditional in the Catholic Church for girls to dress as little brides
when they first receive Jesus in Holy Communion –
to remind us all that the Church is the bride of Christ.
Last Sunday, Vi confessed her sins, as she has been regularly, at her request, for the past several months.
After receiving absolution – a power Jesus breathed on His disciples –
she asked Jesus’ mother, Mary, to pray for her.
Then she knelt again in her pew and prayed to Jesus
as she prepared to receive Him in Holy Communion for the first time.
In the Catholic Church, you and I meet God like nowhere else.
We concretely, physically, sacramentally bump into Him.
He gives himself to us to eat. Which is either true,
or it is the most ridiculous, blasphemous thing on earth.
Jesus says in John chapter six, “The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
To which the people say, “You must be out of your mind!!” and many of them stopped following Him.
Notice He doesn’t say, “Woah, come back! You don’t understand!”
Jesus says, “Amen, amen,” which is like Biblical code for, “listen up!”
Jesus points to Himself and says, “This is the bread that has come down from Heaven.”
We wish for you, sweet Vi, that you become more and more like the One you eat.