February 24, 2013

It Is So Moving

One day, a man went to Eucharistic Adoration and these words came to him, “What will You have of me?” They were a prayer directed to Jesus. As he repeated this prayer, it occurred to him that the way he had addressed the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament had changed. Years ago, when on the altar close to a priest performing consecration, he had thought, “So this is where it happens.” Then, when he first began going to Eucharistic Adoration, he used to say, “Jesus, can we talk?” Later, when first entering the church and gazing at the Eucharist, he would simply say, “My Lord and My God.” Now, it had become, “What will You have of me?”

The next day, he was again before the Blessed Sacrament. This time, a friend had come with him. As he knelt in front of the altar, looking up at the monstrance, he again thought, “What will You have of me?” As soon as he had gotten those words out, with his eyes wide open, he saw the entire monstrance become larger and move forward. In that motion, the center, the Eucharist, moved farther forward, as if the monstrance was puffing out. He wondered what this meant. Was he supposed to devote more toward the adoration of the Eucharist, perhaps by encouraging others to believe in it? Did it mean that Christ was coming forward to meet him, or did it mean that Christ wanted him to stretch as much as possible and that Christ wanted all of him? He did not know. He knew one thing, however. The impression that clearly came to him was that the Eucharist was alive, that Christ was really present and alive behind that white Host at which he had been gazing.

Afterwards, as they were leaving the area of the altar and walking back toward the rear of the church, his friend commented on the experience of being so close to the Eucharist, exposed in the monstrance. His words were that, “It is so moving.”

From a contributor in Mundelein, Illinois


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