Spiritual Union… or Rote Response?

19 Aug 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Spiritual Union… or Rote Response?

The words of Jesus in today’s Gospel should be self-evident to all, and need no further explanation. In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, Jesus offers us transformation from the misery of short-sighted self-centeredness to a new life in the image and likeness of an all loving God.

True wisdom however, recognizes that this transformation does not happen automatically. That would demean this marvelous gift. Rather, it requires a truly human response on our part.  A response activated by our minds and hearts and not simply a mindless habit, or something we do because it is what others are doing!

We must approach the altar consciously as eager givers of ourselves to the will of God in order to be effective takers of the transformation.

The Scriptures are consistent throughout; God wants conscious minds and hearts. There is a reason why it is not called union, but rather Communion. Be aware! This is not the time for rote action.

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