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Diocese of Rockville Centre

"One thing I request you, Your Grace, to give us all the spiritual help we need.  If we have Our Lord in the midst of us - with daily Mass and Holy Communion, I fear nothing for the Sisters nor myself.  He will look after us.  But without Him I cannot be - I am helpless."  (BMT in a letter to)

God wants to be part of our daily life - to feed us, to strengthen us, and to nourish us, both body and soul.  When Christ instituted the Eucharist,   "...(He) took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body'. Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'"  (Matthew 26:26-28)

Under the old covenant, the Israelites could only approach God through a priest and the sacrifice of an animal.  But now we are free to come directly to God because Jesus' sacrifice has cleansed us.  So when we approach the altar, we do so knowing that Christ, Himself, waits for us there.  He waits for us fully aware of our fears, our burdens, our joys, and our own sacrifices.  He waits for us longingly, as One in love.  And He waits to give Himself for us again.

Is it any wonder that Mother Teresa begged for the privilege of daily Mass?  Shouldn't we all do the same?  Today, seek out Jesus in the Eucharist, and remember Mother Teresa's words:  "Without Him I cannot be - I am helpless."

Bl. Mother Teresa, pray for us!