I’ve spent some time thinking about “The Cup” these past couple of days. What does it mean to drink from the cup? The little black book offered thoughts on this; Bishop Barren reflects on this in today’s readings . So again, what does it mean to drink from the cup? The following is taken from Eucharistic Prayer II:
Take this, all of you, and drink from it,
for this is the chalice of my Blood,
the Blood of the new and eternal covenant,
which will be poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this in memory of me.
Do this in memory of me…do THIS in memory of me. What does THIS mean? Am I simply called to drink from the chalice? I have to be honest, I’ve really haven’t given much thought about this until recently and now I can’t get it off my mind. What does it mean to take the body and blood of Christ? I am beginning to understand that doing that simple act of receiving the body and blood of Christ means a whole lot more. Doing THIS means I willingly chose to live like Christ; taking his BODY and BLOOD with a simple AMEN means so much more than having a meal. Saying AMEN, saying IT IS SO, means I accept willingly the challenge of being a man of Christ. To willingly say Your will God, not mine, be done. A wise man once said (and I’m paraphrasing)…with great privilege comes great responsibility. It is truly a privilege to receive Christ but with that comes the responsibility to live like Christ and accept willingly my daily challenge to help build the kingdom of God. Receiving Communion, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ has taken on a much deeper meaning these past few days. The next time your at Mass and on your way up to receive Christ, to take his Body and drink from the chalice of His Blood, as you say Amen, contemplate the reality of what you are willingly doing. I’ve got to tell you, it been a much deeper experience heading down the aisle these past few days.
God’s Will – not mine – be done.
Be not Afraid.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Have a blessed day – take time to say a Rosary:
Traditional are the Glorious Mysteries; my 7-day Rosary would be the Joyful Mysteries.