Sunday, June 2, 2013

Only He can satisfy

They all ate and were satisfied.  That line is taken from St. Luke's Gospel from today's Holy Mass celebrating the solemn feast of Corpus Christi - the Body of Christ.  As you know, it is the story of how Jesus changed the five loaves and two fish to feed 5,000 people who had come to a deserted place to hear him teach. 

The world today is hardly satisfied.  So many people today are far from being peaceful and content with their lives.  Nothing seems to satiate their thirst for happiness.  The media, television and radio commercials promise us that we will find fulfillment in a new car or in this vitamin or by following this diet plan.  Life is so pressured, so noisy, so fast-paced that I think we often find ourselves at night, after having turned out the light, asking God to get us through tomorrow and another day.  And how can we be happy when the world is in such a nose-dive into disaster? 

Jesus is the only One who can satisfy us.  But sadly He is often the last Person we turn to in our needs.  Today, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, is intended by the Church to remind us where our happiness lies - in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  We  MUST find time to be with Him!  In recent years there has been a great upsurge in Eucharistic Adoration in so many Catholic Churches across our country.  I wonder why?!  Jesus is trying to get our attention, saying, "I am here! Come to see me, come be with me.  Come and let me refresh you, to listen to your concerns.  Come and let me love you!

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1380:  "It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to his Church in this unique way. Since Christ was about to take his departure from his own in his visible form, he wanted to give us his sacramental presence; since he was about to offer himself on the cross to save us, he wanted us to have the memorial of the love with which he loved us "to the end," even to the giving of his life. In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us, and he remains under signs that express and communicate this love:
(From Blessed John Paul II) "The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease."
Let us find time to be with Him.  He is the only one Who can satisfy us!

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