Eucharistic Reflection - What Might the Sentiments of Our Abandoned Lord Be?

“It is good to consider sometimes what must be the sentiments of Jesus Christ upon the Altar on seeing Himself forgotten and abandoned by almost all. We may imagine, at the same time, that He says to us what He said to His Apostles for a similar reason: … ‘Will you also go away ?’ (John 6.67).

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At the same time, with the tenderest sentiments of love, grief, and gratitude, we must answer with St. Peter: ‘Lord, to whom shall we go?’ Thou hast the words of eternal life; we have believed and known that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God.’ (John 6: 68-69).

We may also, in order to excite ourselves to greater love, and to force Jesus Christ, as it were, to embrace us with a more tender and ardent charity, represent to ourselves that He asks us from the Altar, as He once asked St. Peter: ‘Simon, son of John, lovest thou Me ?’ (John 21:15). We must reply with the same Apostle: ‘Yes, Lord, Thou knowest well that I love Thee' (John 21:16);or rather, my loving Savior, Thou knowest how much I desire to love Thee.

(From Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Father John Croiset, S.J.)