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Absence, alienation, loneliness, communication gaps are the ailments of modern community life. We are longing for presence and the loving care of a person who is close by,. The great consolation that Christianity offers to mankind, haunted by the threat of alienation, is that God is so close by, Emmanuel, in Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus “is always present in his Church, especially in the liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of the minister, …..but especially under the Eucharistic species. By His power, God is present in the Sacraments, so that when a person baptizes it is really Christ himself who baptizes. He is present in the word, since it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church. He is present , finally when the Church prays and sings, for he promised: “Where two or three are gathered for my sake, there am I in the midst of them.”
In today’s Gospel we have reference to how the early Church and the Lord Jesus himself saw the Eucharistic Banquet. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” By this mysterious presence our Lord heals the wounds caused by absence and alienation.
by our participation in the Eucharistic Banquet time and again. Jesus’ presence to us should become ever more intimate, a closer sharing of life together. “God of mercy, by this Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist you make us one with Christ. By becoming more like him on earth, may we come to share his glory in heaven.” Whenever you feel the need of presence, and perhaps have been disappointed on the human level, know that Jesus Christ is present to you. Turn to him in faith..
Fr. Jonas msc