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Preparing for Communion (Part 2)

Mary’s Village
                In Medjugorje, Our Lady asked the little village to begin a daily 6:00 pm mass and to arrive at 5:00 pm to prepare for the mass.  Since 1981, the very large Church of St. James is filled each night.
                When they began this devout practice, the people did not know that in nine years the terrible Bosnian War would break out.  All during the war they came each night.  No destruction touched their village.  Many bombs did not even explode.  Such is the importance of daily mass with proper preparation.
What is My Spiritual State?
                 When we die, we will come into Jesus’ presence and gain a full enlightenment of our spiritual state.  In Communion, we also come into Jesus’ presence.  We should allow that moment to be a spiritual light.  Before receiving, we should honestly ask ourselves, “What is my spiritual state?”  That question will inevitably uncover some areas of sins and failures.  Asking that question often enough, inevitably leads to confession.  The two sacraments are meant to go together.
Being Honest
                Jesus said, "I am the Truth.”  Holy Communion is our greatest moment of truth on this earth.  St. Paul asks us to make the moment of Communion a time of great truth.  He writes, “Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily sins against the body and blood of the Lord.  A man should examine himself first; only then should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” (1Cor 11:27-28)
                This “examining self” doesn’t lead to exclusion from Eucharist but to seek forgiveness of sins.  As Paul writes, “Then, should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”
A Special Story
                Communion brings the greatest consolation.  St. Thomas calls the Eucharist “a pledge of glory” because worthy Holy Communions prepare Catholics to come before Jesus in judgment.  A priest told me his personal story.
“I was besieged with fears about the moment of coming before Jesus.  These fears had existed for over two years.  Finally, they came full force at a mass I was concelebrating.  During the mass, I had one question, “Lord, what can I hold on to?”  During mass, I asked that question a hundred times.  Finally, I went to receive Communion.   As I held out my hand, the celebrant said “The Body of Christ."  Suddenly I had my answer, “What do I hold on to?  The host was in my hand.  That is what I hold on to.  The fears were forever behind me.  Holy Communion, as St. Thomas wrote, has become a pledge of glory.”

From a very holy priest.

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