Intention: That God will bless the Young Lasallian Assembly taking place this week, filling its participants with faith in His holy presence and will and zeal for living the Gospel.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 9:11b-17
Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.” He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.” They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.” Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.” They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.
From the Meditation on the Feast of the Most Blessed Sacrament | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
This external veneration would mean little to God and to Jesus Christ if it were not accompanied by the interior acknowledgment of our utter nothingness, which is the only thing that can make our exterior homage, no matter how great it may be, truly worthy of God.
There are those who are content to receive external honors without concerning themselves whether there are corresponding sentiments in the heart. God, however, wants the honor given to him and the respect shown to him to be more interior than external.
This is also what Jesus Christ expects of you in the Holy Eucharist. He wants your soul to forget itself completely in his presence at the thought of this God of love. He wants you to make known to him that you honor him interiorly, as he requires of you, through the continual attention you pay to the goodness he has shown you by giving himself entirely to you in this great sacrament. Be faithful to this.
Eternal Father, your Son came to us to be our spiritual food and drink. May we always hunger and thirst for your life-giving presence and grace. Help us to take the good things with which you fill us and use them to build your Kingdom, serving others by giving and emptying ourselves just as Jesus gave and emptied himself for us. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.