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The god of Islam is emotionless and unaffected by man. The god of the Freemasons is cold and calculating. The god of atheists is an argument who makes no effort to prove himself to them. But the true God has a mind that ponders us and a heart that yearns for us. In the Roman Canon the priest quietly asks the Father to “graciously accept this oblation of our service”. We have listened to the Sacred Heart of Christ beating for us in the Liturgy of the Word, and now we take the Precious Blood flowing from his Sacred Heart through the wound in his side into the bread and chalice and offer this oblation to the Father for: ourselves and those dear to us (“order our days in your peace”), and for the departed in purgatory (“command that we be delivered from eternal damnation”), that we may all meet the saints in heaven (being “counted among the flock of those you have chosen”). Indeed, his beating Heart calms us, keeps the faithful dead from the damned, and the Precious Blood of his Heart nourishes the saints as a mother feeds her newborn.
When you receive Holy Communion today, image the ciborium is the beating Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Host, a drop of his Precious Blood, falling through the wound in his side onto your waiting tongue, as you kneel with the faith of an infant to receive this divine nourishment.