Jesus Christ is not known, nor is He loved, in the Most Adorable Sacrament February 3, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
As a corollary to the previous post, why has a revolution overtaken the Church? One prime reason, among many, is lack of love for our Eucharistic Lord. That love can certainly be expressed by pious, loving reception of the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, but if one only conversed with one’s spouse for less than one hour a week, would that relationship blossom? As Fr. Lasance notes below, we should commune with Our Eucharistic Lord much more frequently, not only in formal times of Adoration but also when the Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the tabernacle.
That is a great gift Holy Mother Church gives her children, something the protestant, and even the Orthodox, do not have. The Orthodox do not reserve the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. I dropped by a very small, but beautiful, Byzantine Catholic church this past weekend, and was told by the priest that there is no reserved Host, that they confect and consume the Blessed Sacrament during the Liturgy. This has long been Eastern practice.
Anyway, Fr. Lasance:
It was only granted to a few chosen souls to know Jesus Christ in His hidden life. His holy Mother and His foster-father St. Joseph knew Him; the family of St. Elizabeth knew Him; and the relatives and friends of the shepherds who went to adore Him in the stable at Bethlehem knew Him. But with the exception of these pious persons Our Lord was unknown to the world at large. Yet the greater number of Jews believed in the future Messias and desired to see Him. They entertained the idea of a promised Redeemer Who was to come, but they looked no further.
In the present day it is the same in regard to Jesus Christ dwelling amongst us in the Blessed Sacrament. He is unknown to the great majority of men, as He was at Bethlehem. Too many professing Christians have no practical knowledge of the Holy Eucharist. [Boy if that was true back then, can you imagine what Fr. Lasance would think today? Most Catholics, even those who assist at Mass regularly, view the Blessed Sacrament not as the Real Presence, but, in protestant fashion, as a symbol. Of course, the new Mass was deliberately changed to excise all possible references to the Real Presence. And that was a very substantial reason why Bugnini wanted to abrogate the Canon (“Eucharistic Prayer I”), but was not allowed to do so, in a rare moment of sanity. But, practically speaking, outside of a few parishes, the Canon is never prayed at the Mass]
If St. John the Baptist were to return to earth, into how many parishes might he not go, and, pointing to the tabernacle, say to the people: “There hath stood One in the midst of you Whom you know not” (Jn i:26). If you knew Him you would think of Him, you would come to visit Him. In like manner, St. John the Evangelist might repeat the same words in the present day that he wrote in the earliest ages of Christianity: “He came into His own, and His own received Him not” (Jn i:11).
Yes, we cannot but say with sorrow: Jesus, living in the Sacrament of His love, is unknown, is a stranger; and we must, alas, add that He is not loved.
“Where your treasure is,” Our Lord says, “there also will your heart be” (Lk xii:34). Is Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament the treasure of many hearts?
The mind generally acts in accordance with the affections of the heart. A mother separated from her son frequently thinks of him……Why does that mother’s heart dwell with her absent child? It is because she loves him.
Would you know for certain, O Christian souls, whether you really love Jesus Christ abiding in the Holy Eucharist? Ask yourself whether the remembrance of that Prisoner of Love is often present to your mind. If it is so, you have reason to rejoice, for your heart beats in unison with the Heart of Jesus. But if – which God forbid – you never think of the Divine Guest dwelling in the tabernacle, we are obliged, however sorrowfully, to tell you that you do not love Him. [That’s really something to meditate on]
Alas, how small is the number of Christians who think of Our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament! How small the number of those who in their daily pursuits bear in mind the God of love!
It may perhaps be urged that this teaching is above ordinary Christians, that they cannot occupy themselves with the thought of Our Lord in the sacred Host as religious do. To those who are inclined to put forward this objection, we reply by referring them to the Council of Trent. It is the wish of the sacred Council that the faithful should communicate at every Mass, not merely spiritually, but by sacramental reception of the Holy Eucharist.
If they desired [thusly]……….would they not be equally desirous that Christian people should think, sometimes at least, of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who deigns to dwell among us under the Eucharistic veil?
The mere thought of the love of Jesus for man moved St. Francis of Assisi to tears, and when he was asked why he wept, he answered: “Love is not known, love is not loved!”
I haven’t really anything to add, other than that I need to spend much more time with Our Lord! I am going to make it a point this Septuagesima and Lent to spend much more time before the Blessed Sacrament, either in formal Adoration or simply before the tabernacle.
May God make it so!