The moment of receiving the Eucharist could be compared to a diamond. The time before and after receiving the Eucharist might be compared to a gold band.
A diamond by itself is beautiful. It becomes incomparably more beautiful if it is placed in the center of a gold band and made the centerpiece of a gold ring.
The same is true of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is, by itself, a beautiful experience. It becomes even more beautiful if we place it within a setting of a prayer.
If our own experience of the Eucharist seems to be missing something, maybe it’s missing the setting of prayer. What goes on in our mind and heart as we approach the altar to receive the body of Christ? What goes on in our mind and heart after we have received the body of Christ?
When we receive the Eucharist, we can speak to Jesus as a friend. We can give Him thanks, ask His forgiveness, and seek His guidance. We can meditate on the words we hear Jesus say in today’s gospel:
“My flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and
and drinks my blood
remains in me
and I in him.”
Sincerely in Christ,