August 23, 2023
“Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death
and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you.
Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.”
This part of the Eucharistic prayer caught my attention the other Saturday evening at Mass. I need to pray with these verses more to see what they are fully saying to me.
I was struck especially by the phrases, “to be in your presence and minister to you” and “we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.”
How do I minister to Christ? Being gathered into one takes me back to all of us being the Body of Christ.
So, I minister to Christ when I minister to others?
When and how do I minister to others? Am I aware of when others are in need? Do I minister joyfully, impatiently, compassionately, distractedly?
Just thinking…and praying. ~Sharon