Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sorrow's True Remedy

The Eucharist is human sorrow's true remedy and consolation because it unites us with God and with all those we love in God.  In the tabernacle God lives with us; in Communion He lives in us.  This possession of God on earth through Communion is inferior to His possession in heaven, because it still is brought about in the shadows of faith, while the heavenly possession takes place in the light of the beatific vision; and it does not, like the latter, remove forever the possibility of losing Him through mortal sin.  But the object is the same in both manners of possession.

Moreover, Holy Communion unites us not only with God, but also with all those whose we love in God, because it's special purpose is to increase and strengthen that mysterious union of the Church which we call the "Communion of Saints."  If we all eat of the same table in our universal home which is the Church of God, if all of us are closely united with the same Christ who is both "the home toward which we go and the way that leads to it," how could distance and even death separate those whom God keeps united?  Is there a separating force stronger than the uniting force of God?  What created power could separate those who are united in the love of Christ?  The Eucharist abolishes distances, annuls separations, consoles every sorrow, and unites in Christ's immense embrace all those who in Him love one another.  "They were sad and He gave them the chalice of His Blood."

On a certain occasion, Jesus addressed this tender appeal to suffering humanity: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest."  He repeats this invitation and fulfills this promise in all the tabernacles of the world.

That we should forget Christ when the heart rejoices is understandable, but not to be excused.  But when we suffer, what is more natural than to look for consolation?  And where shall we find it in abundance, if not in the Holy Eucharist?  Let us seek it there in all our sufferings of body and soul.

Are we mourning the separation of someone dear?  Let us seek him in the Heart of Christ, which is the trysting place of all who love in Him.  There we shall find him.

Are we sad because even the most legitimate and sincere human affections have cooled and died, and our heart feels itself in chilling solitude?  In the tabernacle lives One who has loved us for centuries, whose love outweighs all human affections and is a superabundant compensation of their loss.

Are we disturbed?  Have we lost our peace of soul?  The Eucharist is the sacrament of peace and brings all aspirations to rest.

Are we tired of life?  Does tedium sap our strength and seek to dampen our enthusiasm?  The Eucharist is the Bread of Life; he who eats of It shall have life in himself and shall possess the One who is "the Resurrection and the Life."

Are we tormented by a hunger and thirst for God?  Let us eat and drink of God who, for that purpose, has made Himself food and drink.

Yes, let us eat the Bread which makes the strong and drink the Wine that consoles the sorrowing.  Thus we shall always find relief and strength in the sadness which besets human life on earth.

Jose Guadalupe Trevino
The Holy Eucharist