Jesus instituted the Eucharist for love.  It was for love of us.

When we begin to understand the Eucharist, we will begin to comprehend the depth of Jesus’ love for us and the extent of His humility.

Look at the Host, that small round, flat bread having the appearance of a wafer.  This seeming host is man – Jesus Christ, born of the Holy Spirit and Mary, healer of lepers, giver of sight.  It is He who wept at Lazarus’ grave, who asked drink of the Samaritan woman, who whipped the money-changer, who forgave the adulteress, it is Jesus, the Healer, the Teacher, the Savior.  This Host is man – Jesus Himself.

But more wonder by far, this Host is God: all-mighty, all knowing, all-holy, all good, all loving.  This seeming bread is the will who brought all things out of nothing.  The Power who keeps the universe in existence, the intelligence from whom all knowledge and order spring.

This Host is God.  This Host made us, keeps us in existence.  This Host provides us food and shelter, sends us all our good thoughts and impulses.

This Host will one day judge us.

This Host is God – and man – Jesus Himself.  We say it, but we cannot comprehend it.  And this Host loves us so dearly that It calls us to be Its other self.  It has planned our road, has made Itself the very food for our soul so that we may partake in a wondrous intimacy of Its own nature.

Look at the Host, knowing that we gaze at one real Person with two nature:  The nature of God and the nature of man.

He trust Himself to us in the Eucharist.  Trust also ourselves to Him!  He makes Himself plain and He makes Himself mysterious.  He becomes man and He becomes as bread, whatever is easier for us, better for us, best adapted to serve in our weakness, as through we were the Lord, and He were the servant.

Jesus is the Eucharist, and the Eucharist is Jesus…delivered Himself for us as an offering to the Father in heaven.

As a child, I remember how I love to swing.  There’s nothing like it.  Thrusting your feet toward the sky, leaning so far backward that everything looks upside down.  Spinning trees, a stomach that jumps into your throat.  Somehow, if I was being pushed by people I trusted like Papa or Mama, they could do anything they wanted.  They could twist me, turn me, stop me…I loved it!  I loved it because I trusted the person pushing me.  But let a stranger push my swing, which often happened at family reunions and picnics, and it was frightening.  Who knew what this newcomer would do?  When a stranger pushes your swing, you tensed up, and hang on.  It’s no fun when your swing is in the hands of someone you don’t know.
Remember when Jesus stilled the storm in Matthew’s Gospel?  The storm wasn’t just a gentle rain.  This was a storm.  Matthew calls the storm an earthquake.  It was frightening enough to scare the disciples.  Even veteran fisherman like Peter knew this storm could be their last.  So, with fear and water on their faces, they ran to wake up Jesus.

Do the devils really exist?
We know from divine revelation (Holy Scripture and Church) that devils do exist.  “Satan and other devils are by nature spirit...created by God, and so originally good, but fell into sin of their own free will, and they are eternally damned” (The New Catechism 391-95).
During a catechists retreat, a priest shared this story with us.  It revealed how the devil strategically lures us to his kingdom.
Satan called a worldwide convention.  In his opening address to his evil angels, he said:  “We can’t keep them reading their bibles and knowing the truth.  We can’t even keep them from conservative values.  But we can do something else.  We can keep them from forming an intimate abiding experience in Christ.  If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. So let them go to Church, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can’t gain that experience in Jesus Christ.
This is what I want you to do, angels:  “Distract them from gaining hold of their savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout the day!”
“How do we do this?” shouted the angels.

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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