" "To love God is something greater than to know him." -St. Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Revisiting Wednesday - Scurry to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament

Thank you, Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan, for inviting an ever-expanding group of Catholic bloggers to re-post their favorite articles on “Worth Revisiting” Wednesdays.

Do yourself a favor- go there now (and every Wednesday) and let these authors bless and challenge you in Faith journey.

During the rest of each week. visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Elizabeth at Theology Is A Verb.  You will be pleased with what they share.

 Here is what I am sharing this week:


Scurry to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament

(Originally posted February 10, 2015)

Bet you have had a similar experience. You are reading a passage from Scripture – one that you have read many times in the past. Suddenly from the page leaps an insight that had heretofore escaped your grasp.

I had just such an experience early Monday morning when I filled in for an Adorer who was stranded some distance from our Chapel due to a significant snow storm.

Let me set forth the familiar words of Mark’s Gospel (Mk 6:53-56) that prompts this post and reflection:

“After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.

Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.”

(From the Revised Standard Version, emphasis added)

(Basilica at Notre Dame)
The great tragedy of our times is the fact that so few Catholics believe that Jesus is really, truly and substantially present here with us in the Most Blessed Sacrament, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – the same Jesus the people in Mark’s Gospel immediately recognized and approached with expectant faith.

Why don’t we recognize Him here in our midst? Why don’t we scurry around our communities and gather the sick and present them to Him? Why do we lack the expectant faith of those depicted in Mark’s Gospel?

No doubt there are multiple explanations that could be offered in response to these questions. But the fundamental answer is that we are too proud!

We have made things unnecessarily complicated. We have added expectations and hoops to jump through that our loving Lord never intended when He decided to remain among us until the end of time.

Like Naaman, the Syrian army commander and leper who initially out of pride thwarted God’s desire to heal him of his leprosy by refusing to wash in the Jordan seven times as the prophet Elisha’s messenger had directed him to do (see 2 Kings 5:1-19), we refuse to recognize that the same Jesus described in Mark’s Gospel remains physically here with us in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

He waits there for our visit and our adoration.  That’s all.  In exchange for that act of love, gratitude and faith, He will heal us, the ones we love and those for whom we intercede, maybe not in the exact manner which we request, but in the most perfect way - the way that will assure eternal life for us and those for whom we pray.

Don’t be like Naaman and refuse to take a dip in the Jordan. It really is simple. Scurry to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament where He awaits you with loving and healing arms. Go there expecting to be healed.

And please do not forget to bring those others also in need of His healing touch with you, if not physically than in your heart.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Michael: My take is that it is not so much a condition of pride as it is of apathy. I think the faithful are consumed with the happenings of this world, and have simply lost their focus, and worse, their interest in the hereafter. They believe in what they can see in the here and now. It's up to us, the Catholic bloggers and the evangelical faithful, to shine the light and guide the way to Christ, as you so eloquently do in your writings.

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  2. You are most kind Ginny. Yes, there is much apathy and little interest in the hereafter. I stubbornly hold on to the belief that such apathy is due and fueled by unbelief. Let's be honest - if you believe God is actually waiting for you, you would be there. And since most claiming to be Catholic no longer believe, we have to take a close look at why addressing this tragedy
    is not priority number one in our Church.

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