Jesus Nourishes Us

One of my favorite passages from St. Josemaria’s book, Christ is Passing By, comes from the homily he preached on Holy Thursday in 1960 called, The Eucharist, Mystery of Faith and Love (no. 83):

“’Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.’ (Jn 13:1) The reader of this verse from St John’s Gospel is brought to understand that a great event is about to take place. The introduction, full of tender affection, is similar to that which we find in St Luke: ‘I have earnestly desired,’ says our Lord, ‘to eat this Passover with you before I suffer’ (Lk 22:15).”

Let us begin by asking the Holy Spirit, from this moment on, to give us the grace to understand every word and gesture of Christ because we want to live a supernatural life, because our Lord has shown his desire to give himself to us as nourishment for our soul, and because we acknowledge that only he has words of eternal life.

Now let’s pause on the short passage from John’s gospel, “He loved them to the end” (Jn 13:1). The Passover is about to happen, and what comes after the Passover? The death of Jesus on the cross. It is no accident that Jesus chooses to have the Passover meal with his closest friends before he is to suffer the greatest pain of his life on earth. Could it be that Jesus wanted to show us that his Body and his Blood are sufficient for us to endure any suffering?

Jesus nourishes us! Have you stopped to think about what this means to you?

I often wonder why so many Catholics have such a hard time going to be nourished by Jesus once a week, and yet the restaurants are packed every day of the week. What a difference it would make if more Catholics discovered the power of the Eucharistic Lord and his Real Presence in the tabernacle and in the host and drops of wine we receive at Holy Mass.

If you are a mom or dad, you know very well what it means to nourish your child. It is not a once-a-day event! It is a 24/7 ritual that, even when you may be exhausted, you do it with love. I am always inspired by moms of newborns and their availability to feed their baby any time of day or night. Why do they do it? Because they love their babies to death. A baby cannot feed him or herself, they need to be fed in order to grow healthy and strong. Well, Jesus wants to do the same thing for you and for me. Will we say no to letting Jesus nourish us?

Image: Last Supper (c. 1585) by Paolo Veronese via WikiArt

Cristina Bofill Cristina Bofill

Cristina Bofill has been reading and praying with the writings of St. Josemaria since age 14 and is a current staff member at Scepter Publishers. She was an oncology nurse for 30 years and remains a Health and Nutrition Coach. Cristina has mentored teens for 20 years and now leads mom's bible studies and mentors young women and moms to grow in their relationship with God and holiness.

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