“How to SEE God in the Host” re-blogged

How to See God in the Host

User’s Guide to Sunday, June 18, Corpus Christi Sunday.

Tom Hoopes

Sunday, June 18, is Corpus Christi Sunday (Year A). Mass Readings: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16; Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58.

Do we truly recognize Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament? If we do, great and wonderful things will happen to us. If we don’t — tragedy follows.

The problem: Recognizing Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament doesn’t happen automatically.

“God and the Violinist: A Story About Beauty” teaches this lesson on YouTube. In it, a world-famous violinist stands on the street in ordinary clothes and plays one of the most difficult and beautiful pieces in his instrument’s repertoire.

Do people stop and gape? Not at all. They simply walk past him, unaware that they are in the presence of something concertgoers that evening will pay huge sums to see.

The point is that God’s beauty is all around us, but we have not attuned ourselves to it always. The same is true with the Eucharist. God is really there. Jesus Christ becomes present in his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the sacrament. But we often don’t notice.

Perhaps we have objections, like the Jews do in today’s Gospel.

“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life within you,” says Jesus.

“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” some may scoff.

The readings explain. Moses tells the Jews in the first reading that they have been led into the desert as a test to “find out whether or not it was your intention to keep his commandments.”

Those who follow his commandments learn to recognize him. They learn that he is “the living Bread that came down from heaven.”

The second reading describes what follows. By participating in the Body and Blood of Christ, we become one with him. Our perspective changes.

We can look at the Host at Mass and see what St. John Paul II saw.

“For over a half-century, every day, beginning on Nov. 2, 1946, when I celebrated my first Mass,” he said in his 2003 encyclical on the Eucharist, “my eyes have gazed in recollection upon the Host and the chalice, where time and space in some way ‘merge’ and the drama of Golgotha is re-presented in a living way. … Each day my faith has been able to recognize in the consecrated bread and wine the divine Wayfarer.”

If you don’t see him there, change your life. Pray more; serve more; listen more. Then you will see him.

Tom Hoopes is writer in

residence at Benedictine College

in Atchison, Kansas.

He is the author of What

Pope Francis Really Said. END QUOTES



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2 thoughts on ““How to SEE God in the Host” re-blogged”

  1. Yes it is vtrue catholics can believe in transubstantiation if not then you won’t fit in!

    Each religious club has rules. Fr john harden defined the rules. In his mystics and visions . he demonstrated that he did not recognize spiritual Christians. So he developed a logical system that he approved of. He didn’t recognize pencostal or charasemetic. He was spiritually deceived and religious over educated.

    He documated no evidence of that he was called by Jesus. But he liked the Mary familiar spirit. Which I have seen.

    Yes he defines what the gospel of Jesus is .

    1. Several points seem prudent here

      First the author claims to be a “catholic”; which I find to be HIGHLY suspect & I think I know WHO is behind these replies

      Secondly Father Hardon was my mentor and friend and the poster is FAR from telling the truth about Father

      Third the bible in John six is exceedingly clear that ‘UNLESS one eats the Body and Blood” of Jesus Christ in Catholic Holy Communion [the exclusive place for the FULLNESS of God’s grace], one WILL NOT get to heaven. ….. This is a very conditional teaching.

      Forth: The Catholic Church is many things; but a “CLUB” isn’t one of them

      GBY you Paul

      Patrick Miron

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