Thursday after Epiphany
I will visit our Lord in the Eucharist today
Thursday after Epiphany
Lord, welcome into the
temple of my soul. I know that you will root up and tear down, heal and sanctify, making there a
holy and righteous place that has always been intended for you. Only you have the power to unlock
the sanctuary of my heart; only you build what will last forever. I trustfully open my entire self
to you now, so that your words can shape my thoughts, so that your love can penetrate my heart, so
that no disorder of soul may remain in me.
Lord, grant me a
greater reverence for you.
1. He Returned in the Power of the Spirit:
Spirit appears in the world to unite heaven's plan to that of earth, and it does so here with every
move of Christ. Christ's whole mission is nothing other than the fulfillment of the passage he
reads. Our vocation in life is nothing other than fulfilling our baptismal commission by the Holy
Spirit. Our Lord shows himself, therefore, to be no one-man show. He, the Son, is sent and works in
communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and from here all his fruitfulness and power flows.
Our mission must truly make us feel "sent". It compels us to bear fruit through acts of obedience
and love. Heaven seeks to deliver its plan to me in this prayer. May I be attentive to all that the
Holy Spirit prompts me to do.
2. "He Unrolled the Scroll, Today This Passage Is
Fulfilled in Your Hearing":
Man is given a response to the eternal question found in
Revelation 5:2: "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" Contemplate this
solemn moment when the Word reveals himself among men: Many could read from the scroll, but only one
was worthy to unlock its salvific power. Many could recite the texts, but only one could set them
ablaze in their hearts. Many could preach with fascination, but only one could satisfy their hunger
for the fullness of truth. Our words are an empty breath without Christ's voice; our labors are to
no end, if our actions are not Christ's. Only one person by right can change the human heart, and we
in truth can only be apostles when Christ is the one who moves our hand.
3. All Were
Amazed at the Words That Came from His Mouth:
The precise nature of these words is not
revealed to us here, as if to mean that the person of Christ himself is the revelation. Christ, in
the totality of his person, comes to lighten our burdens and lift our spirits in a way no teaching,
no miraculous event, no cure left to itself ever could. Divine providence has secured for us many
goods in life, but all goods fail us if they do not come with Christ in all the power and intimacy
that is God-among-us.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I seek to revere you and
honor you as the center
of my life. I work now with a holy ambition to ensure
your throne is
firmly established in my heart. Teach
me to let nothing usurp what belongs to you in my
life. Let me not build a life of empty self-sufficiency,
lest I lose the experiences of your
power and grace I could have.
I will visit our Lord in the
Eucharist today for the sake of honoring him for his greatness and thanking him for his active
presence in my life.