Do this in remembrance of me.
From the earliest times of her history, the Church has obeyed our Lord’s command, ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’ Come to Mass, be present, listen, sing, pray, offer Christ to the Father with the priest, receive Holy Communion, all offered to God’s praise and glory, that we may be sent out to live outside the Church walls what we have done within them.
In times of persecution, the only Altar available has been the hands of the priest. In times of peace, the Church has lingered over the wonder and mystery of the Mass, and embellished the celebration with beautiful surroundings, wonderful words and praiseworthy music.
In the wonder and gift of the Holy Eucharist, Christ makes himself known. Son of God and Son of Mary, present to our senses simply as bread and wine, but really, truly and sacramentally present in his body and blood. When we are offered the bread of life, as the Priest says, ‘The Body of Christ’, we respond ‘Amen’, meaning yes Lord, I believe that you are truly present. All that we have to bring here is a hunger for this food, this manna from heaven, this life giving bread. If we are so full of ourselves and our own self-importance, we will hard it hard to make room, but if we know our need of God, then he may enter in, heal us, and save us.
We never just ‘go to Church.’ We are entering a space set apart for worship of God, an earthly shadow of the heavenly Jerusalem. Christ is always here in the Blessed Sacrament reserved for Adoration, and for those in need, in the Tabernacle, the Aumbry. Christ is here in the living words of Scripture, and in each other, for you and I are made in the image of God.
‘Behold, I stand at the Door and Knock,’ says Jesus. Let us make the most of his gracious invitation, for in doing so, we will discover how to make the most of life itself.
May the Heart of Jesus, in the most blessed sacrament, be praised, adored and loved with grateful
affection, at every moment, in all the Churches of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.