Sharing in the Divinity of Christ


Exod. 12:1-8, 11-14/ Ps.115:12-13,15-18/1Cor.11:23-26/Jn.13:1-15

Sharing in the Divinity of Christ

The institution of the Holy Eucharist is a perfect act and demonstration of divine love towards humankind. In addition, it will be for all times. It is a gift of a divine indwelling presence. Christ is physical and spiritually present in our mortal beings. He is extending to those who receive him in a state of grace, the gift of immortality (1Cor.11:28-32). Each person who receives the Holy Eucharist becomes a tabernacle of the divine presence in the world. From that first Maundy Thursday, God fulfilled his promise of transforming every human heart into a living tablet of the new covenant (Jer.31:31-34). In this way, the Lord keeps engraving the new and everlasting covenant into the fabric of our hearts.

Today, Christians, although inhibited by the COVID 19 pandemic, to eat and drink of the Lord's body and blood physically, they recall this night when Christ Jesus, for the love of the world's salvation physically and in mystery united himself with humankind, body, soul, and divinity. On this night, mere mortals became incorporate members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Through us who receive the Eucharist, Christ is visibly present to the world. In other words, Jesus did not only pray that we might all be one (Jn.17:21). Christ made this oneness possible by uniting himself with us by letting us share in his body, soul and divinity. He gave humankind a share in his divine nature and substance.

St. Paul, a convert from Judaism understood and reiterates in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, that every Mass is a reenactment and ongoing ratification of the new and everlasting covenant. Each time we receive Christ in the Eucharist, we renew our unbreakable conjugal bond with Christ. Put differently, the Eucharist is the source, and summit of our salvation. Every Maundy Thursday, we return to the source of our union with Christ to discover the divine presence at work in our lives. Sadly, today, we are not only victims of social distancing but also victims of spiritual distancing from the Eucharist. We are like a pack of deer yearning for running streams. In the depth of the most sacred season, our souls are yearning for the Lord.

Come, Lord, heal the world and bring us back to your altar. We hunger for the bread of life and cup of salvation.

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