John 6:36 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
I think it is extremely fitting to end the last day of this study with the Institution of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the closest we can get to our Lord before we enter heaven. When we receive the Eucharist, the Lord is literally dwelling inside of us! For just a few short moments we are Jesus’ tabernacle. We can all acknowledge just how joyful and holy we feel in these moments of being Jesus’ tabernacle, but I think few realize that the Lord also rejoices in being so close to us. Not only can we take joy in holding the Lord, but we can take even more joy when thinking about how much the Lord delights in us.
John 6:56 says, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” There have been many times in my life where I have heard things along the lines of “whoever you spend your time with you will become most like those people.” Well, wouldn’t it be amazing if the person we spent the majority of our time with was the Lord? Wouldn’t we become more like Him? Every time we receive the Eucharist this is what is happening. Each time we become the Lord’s tabernacle we become a little more like Him. We shine a little brighter and the love in our hearts grows even more pure.
What a gift the Lord given to us! He has allowed us to become more like Him and for the true light of the world to dwell within us. The one who the Father has called His beloved is dwelling within us. The one who performed miracles, shone brighter than the sun, and called the entire world to action is literally dwelling within us every time we receive the Eucharist and desires to dwell within us! If we took time to think about this every day, wouldn’t we receive the Eucharist as often as possible? A dear friend of mine once told me that if we actually knew the extent of the Eucharist we would be willing to crawl over broken glass to receive our Lord in the form of the Eucharist. I certainly do not feel capable of crawling on broken glass to receive the Eucharist, but I pray that we all start to understand the depth of the gift that has been given to us.
I hope that this study on the Luminous Mysteries helped you grow closer to the Lord. My hope is that after reading these studies you give yourself over to the light and let go of all that is holding you back. Ask the Lord to show you the areas in your life and heart where darkness dwells. Then when all of those areas are made known to you, give them to the Lord and do not hold back. The Lord will transform your life in ways that you have never imagined. He will make you whole and give you light. The Lord will give you life and He will give it to you abundantly.
Reflect: Do you take time to reflect on the gift that the Lord has given us through the Eucharist? How do you thank him and acknowledge His presence inside of you each time you become His tabernacle?
Reflect: What areas of your life need the light of Jesus?
Act: Let go of all of your insecurities, fears, and darkness. Give it all to the Lord so that He can use every aspect of you for His glory.