KEEPING Christ’s commandments is how we remain in His love (John 15:10), and if we remain in Him, we “will bear good fruit” (15:5).
But Jesus also said,
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.
How can we fail to take advantage of this precious gift given us in the Holy Eucharist? It is Jesus Himself!
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.–6:55
If we find ourselves hungering for happiness, thirsting for peace, starving for virtues, and lacking in love, why do we not come to The Table where the “source and summit” of our needs is daily provided?
My brothers and sisters, how often have I been filled with the Holy Spirit, pacified in soul, and stirred to a burning love after receiving Jesus in the Eucharist–at a Mass, which only a handful of people attended!
I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
If the wider Church only knew what graces they would find to overcome faults, resist temptation, grow in virtue, and come to know Love itself through Holy Communion!
Were we to disregard the Eucharist, how could we overcome our own deficiency?” –Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, (60)