How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
The Eucharist: Life and Summit of Divine Mercy Sunday, Part 1
On the Road to Emmaus:
They meet Christ on the Road to Emmaus. They talk with Him and their hearts are burning but they do not recognize Christ. He makes as if Heís going to go on and they ask if He would stop and break bread with them. Christ breaks the bread and blesses the bread and they recognize Him in the breaking of the bread. This is our problem today. We do not recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread (the Eucharist), if we did, our miseries would be turned into joy. When we suffer, sadness enters our hearts. If we truly believed in Jesusí presence in the Eucharist, our suffering would turn into joy.
“My mission would not come upon an end at my death but will begin. Oh doubting souls, I will draw aside for you the veils of heaven to convince you of Godís goodness.” (Diary 281)
Help us penetrate the veil Faustina, so we can better understand the Eucharist
The Eucharist is alive. If a stranger was to come and watch us receive the Eucharist, would the stranger know that? Our Lord told Faustina: “Oh how painful it is to Me that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in Holy Communion. I wait for souls and they are indifferent toward Me. I love them tenderly and sincerely and they distrust Me. I want to lavish my graces on them and they do not want to accept them. They treat Me as a dead object where as My heart is full of love and mercy.” (Diary 1447)
Christ in the Eucharist
The church teaches that the Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ, and that means the entire God Head, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Together and always the church says we are to reverence unity in the trinity and trinity in the unity. What do we think when the Mass begins? Jesus checks His watch and says, “See you Dad, see you Holy Spirit, see you Mom. I have to get to Mass for the sacrifice now. I have to get in the Eucharist.” Isnít this silly? The church teaches Christ is present both in the Eucharist and in Heaven at the same time. Saint Faustina writes, “Once after Holy Communion, I heard these words: ‘You are our dwelling place.’ At that moment, I felt the presence of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. I was the temple of God, child of the Father. I cannot explain all this but my spirit understands all this. I knew more distinctly than ever that the divine persons; the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are one. My soul is in communion with These Three.” (Diary 451) So when we enter into communion, we enter into the full Trinity.
There is only one Mass
There is only one liturgy. Christ is the only high priest and all other priests share in the priesthood of Christ. The laity, in a different way, share in the one priesthood of Christ, but Christ is always the high priest. Christ is eternally in heaven interceding at the right hand of the Father, worshiped by all the angels and saints. Only in eternity will we understand how awesome the Mass really is.
Doing more than just receiving Communion
We need to do something more than just receive Communion. We must become Communion. We must enter into Communion with God. When we receive, we live in Him and He lives in us. “Anyone who eats My flesh and drinks My blood, remains in Me and I in him.” (John: 6:56)
How do we enter into Communion?
There are two kinds of eating: The first is sacramental eating. When we are receiving this sacrament we receive with belief that this is truly the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ.
The second is spiritual eating. Spiritual eating is where we do something. We actively unite ourselves with Christ. The two should happen at the same time.
There is no limit to how many times a day we can spiritually receive Communion
There is sacramental communion and there is spiritual communion, and if you canít receive Our Lord sacramentally every day, then you can receive Him spiritually. In spiritual communion you unite with Him with a desire to receive Him sacramentally. If you have such a desire and a longing to receive communion and you canít because of some circumstance, Christ honors this desire and the grace can be as great. Letís say person A goes to Mass, receives communion, leaves instantly after communion to go watch Sunday football. Where is this manís heart? Letís take person B. Letís say person B has cancer and cannot go to Mass, but desires very much to receive Our Lord spiritually in communion. Who do you think receives more graces? Person A will receive graces but not as much as person B.
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