“Let the whole world of mankind tremble,
The whole world shake and the Heavens exalt when Christ,
The Son of the living God, is on the altar, in the Hands of a Priest!”
St. Francis of Assisi
He comes to us through the hands of a priest, consecrated hands, the anointed hands of an ordained priest. Hands that have been Apostolically appointed and whom Christ himself works through in Persona Christi. The only hands that truly come close on this Earth to the holiness and sacredness necessary to hold our Lord; the very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ himself.
How callously do we approach the Eucharist? How bold are we to take the Eucharist in our hands. When we do, we assume that worthiness, so full are we of arrogance, pride, and ignorance.
Do we approach the Eucharist in awe? Do our hearts ponder the true mystery of it? Do we tremble in the Fear of the Lord, the Living God, as we approach him?
I don’t think most of us do!
It really isn’t our fault though. Our mortal brains and minds are much too feeble and weak to fathom the immensity that the Creator of the Universe and everything in it, is that Host.
It is impossible for us. The only way that we can begin to even start an understanding of the immensity of it all, and the love that God has for us is through contemplation and prayer.
The next time you arrive for Mass, instead of those casual conversations and trivial greetings extended to our fellow neighbors, perhaps we should bow our heads to the tabernacle and contemplate the mystery residing within it, the Mystery that we come to celebrate.
We must bow our heads and meditate, and become a part of the very celebration and mystery that we are an intimate piece of. Contemplate what the Priest will be holding in his Hands.
When we do, it will rock our world!