My priest asked me to write a spiritual communion reflection for our parishioners to meditate upon in place of the physical body and blood of Christ we’d receive during the Mass. I’m honored by his request, and by the opportunity to share my reflection here, with you.
“… but on the third day He will rise.” Luke 18:33
Forced to keep our distance from others, the sacred Mass, and Holy Communion, we find ourselves united with the first disciples. They were forced to go without Jesus after He died on the cross. Instead, on that Good Friday and Holy Saturday, they hid themselves in the upper room, locked away in fear, trying to protect themselves from the Roman soldiers who could come for them at any minute.
Here we are now, locked away in self-isolation, in our own upper rooms. Yes, we should do what we can to protect ourselves. But we shouldn’t do so with fear. We have what the disciples didn’t during their three days: The proof and certainty that Easter always comes, no matter what. Regardless of how many times the story is told, Jesus always rises again, and He always will.
If fear is conquering us, we need to walk it up the hill to Calvary, and nail it to the foot of the cross. It’s there we’ll find what Jesus really wants us to carry: Trust in Him.
He also wants to give us Himself. Although we may not be able to physically receive Him in the form of the Eucharist this Easter Sunday, we can receive Him spiritually. The more we fill our hearts with Him, the less room there will be for any future anxiety or concern.
In doing so, we’ll also find ourselves firmly rooted in the Easter promise. No matter the details of the story we’re living out in our own proverbial three days, Jesus will roll back the stone of this cave of uncertainty. He will rise again. He will lift us up. He will carry us through.
Question for Reflection:
* Do I have any fear that needs to be nailed to the cross?
* Once my hands are empty of that fear, am I able to receive the trust in God that Jesus is offering me?