How do we receive the Eucharist in a holy manner? Aside from being in a state of grace, there are practical steps to be taken to benefit the most from this blessed encounter:
- Pay close attention to the readings during the Liturgy of the Word.
- If possible, meditate on these readings before going to Mass.
- Let the sacred Word enter your soul.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to unlock the meaning for you.
- Ponder it, like the holy man in Psalm 1, whose “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2.) This is how our soul will become like his, planted near streams of running water, allowing us to yield good fruit in due season and to prosper on all that we do.
In previous issues, it was explained and extolled the necessity and great benefit of mental prayer. So in order to truly experience the life-transforming power of Christ in the Eucharist, daily meditation is indispensable and essential!
After receiving communion and at the end of holy Mass, spend time thanking the Lord in silence. In fact, Eucharist means “thanksgiving” in Greek. For what shall we thank him?
• For the gift of Divine Life and adoption as divine sons and daughters.
• For our own natural life, and all the love we receive.
• For the communion we share with his Blessed Mother and ours, as well as communion with all the saints.
For healing that is taking place right now in our souls, as the old Adam and Eve are being transformed into the new, into Christ.
For strength to resist temptation and to grow in the virtues.
For anything and everything else that is good.
Of course, we need not say anything. We can sit and just be with him; we can be warmed by his divine rays, the way we are in the sun on a warm day. Plants need to do nothing to receive the nutrients of the sun. We just need to “Be still, and know that he is God.”
Next issue: Eucharistic adoration.