Lent Devotions 2008: Thursday 20 March

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my Body.” And he took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my Blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many for the Forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28)

What is it that makes Holy Communion “something special?” Today we tend to have the strange idea that in order for something to be “special” it must be a rare occurrence. The idea emerges that if something happens too frequently, it is no longer “special.” I have encountered some people that believe that if they receive the Sacrament too often, it will no longer be “special.”

To this argument I say, “Let’s listen to the words of Jesus.” Jesus took bread and said, “This is my Body.” He took a cup of wine and said, “This is my Blood.” Listen to those words. Whenever we receive the bread and wine in the Sacrament we eat and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus along with the bread and wine. My friends, that will always be special.

You see, the power in the Sacrament rests in the words of our Lord: “This is my Body…this is my Blood…given and shed for you.” It does not rest in our ability to feel “special.” Its power is always there, always available to everyone who eats and drinks, believing these words of our Lord. It is power that works Forgiveness. It is power that Strengthens Faith. It is the Body and Blood of Jesus given and shed and sacrificed for all. Receive the Sacrament. Receive it often. No matter how often, it will always be special.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, You gave us Your Body and Blood to eat and drink in the Sacrament. This is special. Remind us whenever we receive Your Sacrament that we are receiving something special because we are receiving Your Body and Blood given and shed for the Forgiveness of all our sins. Thank You, Lord Jesus. Amen.