Today’s Gospel: Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 – Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Twice a year, my husband and I go to the Missionaries of Charity Shelter to bring breakfast to the homeless women and children there. I always use the GPS on my phone so I will not get lost and can arrive in time for the 7 a.m. Mass. Before entering the Chapel, we all remove our shoes and walk in barefoot. We know we are on holy ground as we gaze on the Crucifix with “I Thirst” written next to it. During Mass we sing and pray with the sisters, as well as with the women we will soon serve. A few months ago, I forgot to end the route and even though my phone was silenced in my pocket, it pronounced “you have arrived at your destination” at the exact time I received Communion. I was embarrassed. What if the noise had distracted everyone – especially the prayerful sisters? I quickly and humbly returned to my seat.
After Mass, we went to the shelter next-door to serve the breakfast we had prepared. The housemother took me aside and said, “How cool was it that as you approached the priest to receive Communion, your phone said: ‘you have arrived at your destination.'” Wow, I stood in awe. I had not thought of the profoundness of the event. Was it odd or was it God that the moment I received Communion, my phone reminded me of my final destination! The Catholic Catechism #1090 reveals that at each “earthly liturgy” we are given “a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy”.
St. Teresa of Calcutta said Jesus comes as “the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed with the Bread of our life… our hearts by loving, and our hands by serving.” There I was, ready to love and serve…yet Jesus fed me!
As I navigate to my final destination, am I plugged into God’s Positioning System – the way, the truth, and the life?
Lord, I pray I am worthy to receive you as I stand on holy ground during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, when you say, “This is My Body”.
Copyright 2018 Brenda Kindelan
Brenda Kindelan heads the Memphis Women’s Morning of Spirituality, gives talks, leads retreats, goes to prison (ministry), hunts for bargains, and prays at her kitchen table with friends! She married Juan 45 years ago. They have 4 daughters and 6 grandchildren. Oh yeah, find out why she’s one of Therese’s little flowers at brendakindelan.com
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