no one can enter a strong man’s house… 10Jun2018

Let’s be honest… and blunt. Each of us has experienced temptation. Each of us has experienced sin. We are human. We are not perfect. We are sometimes weak. We sometimes give in to the baser things of our worldly existence so how can we believe Jesus when He says, “But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man.” Can any of us claim to be strong?

This is where the Sacraments come into play. If we look at each one individually and examine its theology deeply and carefully we will find that Christ, in His great wisdom, did not leave us alone to battle Satan. Each of the Sacraments contains a special Grace (participation in the life of God – CCC1997) to strengthen us. The problem, by virtue of our human nature, is that in the hectic, habitual and often mundane aspects of our daily living it is easy to forget that we have been strengthened. It is easy to forget that Christ is with us and that He lives in us. We consume Christ so that Christ can consume us but we too often take charge of the circumstances around us – or should I say, “try” to take charge – and overlook the presence of Grace within our beings and choose to act without Grace. In short, we give in to the devil’s misdirection, confusion and distractive temptation and choose to act or speak without the Grace of Him who promised to be with us till the end of time.

As I said earlier, each of the Sacraments contains a special Grace but there is one that Holy Mother Church has more than once referred to as the “Source and Summit” of our Faith and our daily life with Christ. It is the Holy Eucharist. How much do we contemplate its presence everywhere in the world? How often do we recognize its presence when we drive by one of our churches where Jesus lives, with humble patience, in the Tabernacle, waiting for us to be absorbed in Him so that we, in turn, can be a Tabernacle for Him? I, for one, am weak in this regard. I cannot be the “strong man” of which Jesus speaks if I do not take full advantage of His Spiritual Food. Perhaps a refresher on what he told Peter would be helpful. “What is impossible for human beings is possible for God” (Lk. 18:27).

With that in mind, I offer the following excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina without elaboration and only with the suggestion that we spend time contemplating in our minds and hearts what Jesus is telling her…        and us.

“… I want to tell you that eternal life must begin already here on earth through Holy Communion. Each Holy Communion makes you more capable of communing with God throughout eternity” (Diary, 1811).

Deacon Richard

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