The institution of the Eucharist

Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end (Jn 13:1).

When our Lord instituted the Eucharist during the Last Supper, night had already fallen. The world had fallen into darkness, for the old rites, the old signs of God ‘s infinite mercy to mankind, were going to be brought to fulfillment. The way was opening to a new dawn —the new Passover. The Eucharist was instituted during that night, preparing in advance for the morning of the resurrection.

Jesus has remained in the Eucharist for love … for you.

He has remained, knowing how men would treat him … and how you would treat him. He has remained so that you could eat him, and visit him and tell him your concerns; and so that, by your prayer beside the tabernacle and by receiving him sacramentally, you could fall more in love each day, and help other souls, many souls, to follow the same path.

Good child: see how lovers on earth kiss the flowers, the letters, the mementos of those they love …

Then you, how could you ever forget that you have him always at your side —yes, Him? How could you forget …that you can eat him?

Lord, may I never again flutter along close to the ground. Illumined by the rays of the divine Sun —Christ —in the Eucharist, may my flight never be interrupted until I find repose in your Heart.

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