Monday, July 22, 2013

S Mary Magdalene: "I sought Him whom my heart loves"

I found Him whom my heart loves.

1391 Holy Communion augments our union with Christ. The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Indeed, the Lord said: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." Life in Christ has its foundation in the Eucharistic banquet: "As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me."

On the feasts of the Lord, when the faithful receive the Body of the Son, they proclaim to one another the Good News that the first fruits of life have been given, as when the angel said to Mary Magdalene, "Christ is risen!" Now too are life and resurrection conferred on whoever receives Christ. (CCC 1391)

Saint Mary Magdalene discovered the love that is the deepest, most true and most satisfying of all loves: Jesus Christ and, as for all of us, Him truly present in the Eucharist.

She returned that love in the only way possible: this Love above all loves informed and formed her life, truly transforming her into the greatest of all lovers, a saint.

Let us pray that this greatest of all loves, the Love that IS, will be our treasure, the power which transforms our lives as well.

(Art: "Noli me tangere" by Giotto.)

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