The Eucharist is the radiant festivity of fraternity that we can make endure always. Saint Peter Julian Eymard, (PG 244,7).
The importance of friendship is deeply rooted in our scriptures today. The “radiant festivity of fraternity” words from our spiritual father keep us in the light of the Eucharist and God’s great love. The message raises us to the supernatural, united to the beating heart of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In the first reading, Moses sprinkles the people with blood. In the Gospel, the prayer Mary offers grasps the blood of the Lamb of God. It is more than upon us; love is in us. Prayer and intimacy with Christ save us. It breaks forth. Christ transforms all things. He can change all that is broken, even death, into a mystical hope of what will come to us in offering and calling upon him as Martha did for her brother, Lazarus.
Genuine friendship in Christ, true fraternity, keeps us in a supernatural activity that lives beyond this time and place. When my daughters were at college, we kept in touch. Some days went by without a call or text due to the business of life. The love we share, the Eucharist, made us aware that we were right there for one another when it was impossible to connect externally. Prayer holds us up. Mary’s prayer empowered Martha to call for Jesus.
Prayer rescues us – it is our hope in the living presence of our God of the Eucharist and will change every death into life. Jesus will transform all things into a living hope. Through the light of the Eucharist, we will see in the fullness of time what will come out of the tomb of this world. It will be unveiled into the “radiant festivity of fraternity” with all the saints of God, true friendship, and LOVE that endures forever.
Let us pray:
“Try to reach that beloved dwelling.” (Saint Peter Julian Eymard)