In light of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body, it becomes even more aggregious that people leave mass early, hurrying out the instant they've received Christ. It's hurtful. And callous.
It breaks my heart. I cannot imagine what it does to Him who loves us beyond measure. He loved us enough to die and, yet, His sacrifice is quickly left behind for something more 'important'.
When we leave mass before the final blessing, when we can't wait for it to be over, when our hearts' not in it, when the love is not there, we've defiled the marriage bed. We have left our Love cold, naked and alone, hanging on the cross in desolation.
We have no love. We have merely scraped for what we think is pleasure and then left. We have done the most intimate, holy thing the body is capable of- consuming our Lord- and then cheapened it.
We are whores. We give ourselves without thought and then move on to the next best thing. We can't wait for it to be over, to leave, to do something better with our time.
But what is better?
What could possibly in this whole entire world be better than uniting ourselves wholly with Christ? What could be better than consuming His flesh and becoming one with all, enveloped in an eternal mystery of sacrificial love?
The sweetness, the tenderness of Christ, calls us to union. The supper of the Lamb, the marriage feast, it is our unification to Christ.
We have drawn back the veil; we have entered into the holy of holies. We have lain with the Lamb. Our heart should be filled with pure and utter joy like none this world can give.
Be open. Be receptive.
He pours out His love for us from the cross, the marriage bed of our faith. He calls us each by name to join Him.
There is nothing in this life or the next that will ever be better. There is nothing greater than being in communion with our God. That is what heaven is- an eternal union with our God. Always praising Him, always loving Him, always in His presence.
Take time to rest in God after receiving Him, and to appreciate the mystery we enter into. Refresh your souls.
Give thanks. Sing praise. Be at Peace. And find joy.
Be fed. Be loved.