FAITH, REWARDING EXPERIENCE
You almost need to start wondering if you know what Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is. As Christians we say that the Eucharistic bread is the sacrament of the love of Jesus that we are allowed to receive, take …and allowed to eat. It is a symbol that reminds us, among other things, that we are given food to go on living, loving, working. “We cannot walk hungry under the sun” said a religious song from a few years ago. We cannot make our daily journey without bread; we need this food. That is why we say “give us today our daily bread”.
Nothing more nor less. We need bread for travelling every day. Bread is a symbol of food. And to worship, contemplate, venerate this bread which is Jesus and which Jesus shares with us, is to give thanks for his love, that makes something as simple and profound as bread, bread for all, our daily bread. If we say of a person for example that “He is so good like a piece of bread”, what more can we say of Jesus, the good man who spent his life doing good. It is the best morsel of bread that we can put in our mouths. This bread symbolizes and summarizes his person, his life, his work, his words… he who loved until the end, the one who passed through this world doing good, the one who lived for others, the one who gave the hungry to eat of bread, forgiveness, hope, and in a word, life.
The Blessed Sacrament is as quiet and unobtrusive a presence as it is continuous and permanent. It is the sacrament, the symbol of a presence as mysterious as it is real, of a companion as friendly as it is near. A free presence that is to be contemplated, to be adored and to be thankful for, because such a love, of this calibre, cannot be less than contemplated, and to be grateful for. Giving us your life so that we can live. Loving us so that we can love in your measure. What do you feed yourself to make sense of your life, your love, your hope and your faith?