I like to tell my wife that my home is wherever she is, wherever my children are, wherever my parents and siblings are, wherever my loved ones are, and wherever I find God among us. Wherever that higher calling of love is, that is home. In the same way that my heart has allegiance to our Lord Christ, so does my house. We are to be citizens of a loftier place.
We must grow into the absolute trust that the Kingdom of God is here among us and that God’s hand can indeed guide us. We must recognize the Holy Spirit marking us as citizens. Nowhere is this more explicit than at the celebration of the Eucharist. There in the temple, in the guise of the humble Host and through the Holy Spirit, Christ becomes, and we dwell with Jesus for a little while in the very real expression of God’s kingdom on earth. Our humble King gives himself to us and for us, completely and without cost. His love is given without limits.
What could be more comforting than to give oneself to Jesus as he gives himself entirely to us! (Saint Peter Julian Eymard)
We are called to give ourselves the same way Christ does, to become Eucharist for others, to feed the ones hungry the same way we are fed, and to do that joyfully and willingly.
Oh! Happy the soul which gives itself to our Lord to be only his! It’s only right a servant gives herself to service, a bride to her bridegroom, an adorer to the God of the Eucharist who will be a good Master, a great King, a divine Spouse. (Saint Peter Julian Eymard)
The Kingdom of God is among us. Can we see its splendor here through the eyes of Christ?
Let us pray:
Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep us from all adversity. So that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Amen. (Collect)