Preaching the Eucharist, 1

It is ingrained in who we are as Christians, and heralds of the Gospel, to preach the Eucharist at all times, in our daily actions, works, prayers and sacrifices, in our attitudes and beliefs.  We call the entire world, the whole brokenness of humanity to a Divine Banquet, a marriage with the Lamb of God. Christ has already called us His betrothed. What more is there to do than summon the entire world into His presence? What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him? – Deuteronomy 4:7. In the Mass we are entering the celebration of heaven, with a multitude of angels and saints. We cry out with all creation, saying “Amen. Come Lord Jesus!” – Revelation 22:20

The world is starved for light, for truth and hope. Bathed in darkness, humanity cries out for a Savior. The answer to their sorrows waits in the tabernacle of every Catholic Church. How often is this fact overlooked! How often we ignore Our Lord in the tabernacle, on the altar? The Body of Christ, sent to heal this world, the Church offers the remedy and partakes of it’s curative bounty. What poor charity it would be not to tell others of this healing. As the hand of Christ, we reach out to our sick neighbors. As the lips of Christ, we tell them where to find the medicine for their souls. To the starving man, we say “I know where you can find bread. Follow me.”

Once we’ve encountered our Messianic Bridegroom in the Sacrifice of the Mass, duty, but most of all charity, urges us to announce this aloud to the world. The ringing of the bells before Mass is a great symbol of this summons. Everyone nearby can hear the loud, joyful ringing and it immediately provokes curiosity in the unbeliever. Stopping, he asks himself: “What wonderful thing is happening there that they must make so much noise about it?” Like the King’s servants in the parable of the wedding feast, we are sent into the streets, ringing out good news, inviting guests to the wedding. We invite whomever we may find, knowing the Eucharistic Lord desires to abide with all persons.

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