Choosing the better part

Choosing the better part

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Lord's Desire to Remain with Us

"And, lo I am with you, to the close of the age" (Matthew 28:20).  The Incarnation itself expresses God's profound desire to be present to us.  Jesus is Emmanuel, that is "God with us" (Matthew 1:23).  This presence of God does not cease at the Ascension of Our Lord but continues, as He promised, in the most profound of ways; above all through His sacramental presence in the Most Holy Eucharist.  It is here that we encounter and receive His love in all its fullness.  This is captured beautifully by Bl. Angela of Foligno who writes:



"O God, O Creator, O Spirit of Life overwhelming Your creatures with ever new graces! You grant to Your chosen ones the gift which is ever renewed: the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ!

O Jesus, You instituted this Sacrament, not through any desire to draw some advantage from it for Yourself, but solely moved by love which has no other measure than to be without measure. You instituted this Sacrament because Your love exceeds all words. Burning with love for us, You desired to give Yourself to us and took up Your dwelling in the consecrated Host, entirely and forever, until the end of time. And You did this, not only to give us a memorial of Your death which is our salvation, but You did it also, to remain with us entirely and forever."

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