Welcoming the supreme Guest.

The Holy Eucharist

“Today, we’ll have a guest!” How many times have you heard that from your parents when you were little, as they prepared for a friend or family member to visit?

I heard it often as a child since my parents like to host family or friends for a dinner or an afternoon chat at our home on weekends. If I were present on the glorious day that our Lord Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist came for the first time to dwell with our missionary community in our chapel on October 24, 1985, I likely would have exclaimed with joy the same words: “Today, we have a Guest!! THE Guest of guests!”

He is the BEST Guest we could ever receive in the home of our hearts! He is a Guest because He only comes to those who invite Him in by participating in holy Mass on Sundays, and weekdays when possible. He is a Guest because He meets us where we’re at on the inside, like friends and family who take us where we’re at when visiting.  He does not force Himself on us, but waits silently in every tabernacle for each of us to come to Him.

How do we treat this most awesome Guest in the Holy Eucharist? It’s a good question to ask ourselves in these years of preparation for the great Eucharistic revival 2024, as we seek to renew and deepen our faith in the real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

If we don’t believe strongly or at all that Jesus is present in the Eucharist body, blood, soul and divinity, then our actions will show it: less devotion or participation in holy Mass, little to no visits before the tabernacle when entering the church, and consistently distracted or careless reception of holy communion.

But if we believe, then we’ll make time to stop in and spend at least a few minutes with the Lover of our souls when possible. We’ll see miracles happen in our lives when we pray before Him in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, because our faith is so strong that He’ll say “let it be done for you according to your faith “.

The most beautiful and precious words I’ve heard Jesus speak to me about the ups and downs of my life have always been when I was in front of  Him, truly present, in the Most Blessed Sacrament. You are invited to come and spend time with Him, more than you already do. 

Come to Him in the nearest Catholic Church tabernacle and Hear His voice for yourself. Experience for yourself the wonders of worshipping the Lord Jesus in Spirit and truth (Jn 4), and in His Most Holy Body and Blood (Jn 6). And invite this most welcome Guest to come and dwell in your heart (Jn 14:23), both spiritually and physically.

-Julie Dinise