Prayer for the week of March 3 — Towards a Eucharistic Life

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In a nutshell, I feel like my soul is being turned inside out.  I’m coming apart at the seams.  In the best possible sense.

I’m not sure when it all started, but it could have been two months ago when my five year old daughter took Communion for the first time.  Our church does not have particular rules about who may receive communion and many parents let their little children partake.  My husband and I have always taken the position that our children can receive communion when 1) they express a genuine and earnest desire to partake and 2) when they can explain to us what the elements mean and why we do it.

Well, our daughter had been asking.  And asking.  And asking.  She was relentless.  She wanted to take Communion worse than anyone I have ever seen.  She’d actually tear-up when she couldn’t have it.  Not in a tantrum kind of way at all.  She just wanted to have Jesus.

A Eucharistic Life

So, right after her fifth birthday she had her first Communion.  She was so excited she could hardly sleep the night before!  “Tomorrow is my special day!!!  I’m going to take Communion!”  It was really sweet.

She took it and was practically GLOWING with joy.

A week went by.  The next Saturday she said, “Tomorrow is my special day!”  “Oh?” I said.  “Yes!  I get to take Communion again!!!”  She woke up on Sunday, “Today’s the day!”

A week went by.  She woke up on Sunday morning, “Today is my special day!”  Every. Single Week.

Two nights ago as I tucked her into bed she said, “I can’t wait for tomorrow.  It’s my special day!”  “Why?” I said.  She said, “I get to have Communion with Jesus, remember?”

Towards A Eucharistic Life

I felt like God turned me inside out like an sock before it goes into the wash.  Seriously.

I don’t remember the last time I was that excited about receiving Communion.  But why not?  Why are we not simply overjoyed at the prospect of getting to participate in something so incredible?  Why do our hands not shake?  Why are we not speechless and in awe?  Why is there not that anticipation, as when we are awaiting a guest of great honor to our homes?  I feel ashamed for having ever received Communion without the deepest sense of humility and rejoicing.  My little daughter models for me the childlike faith that it takes to see the Kingdom of heaven.

A Eucharistic Life

And all this “It’s my special day” stuff has primed me for another step in faith–that of Eucharistic living.  What do I mean by that?  I mean living in such a way that we bear in our bodies the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus.  He is willing to be united with us and to draw us to Himself in such a way that we are one.  Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was the first person to live a Eucharistic life.  She dared to believe the angel when he said to her that she would have God literally in her.  She said YES!  And she carried the body and blood of Jesus.

Do I dare say YES?  Do I dare to live in the reality of bearing Jesus, being united with Jesus, being in Him and He in me?  It’s mysterious and dangerous and scary and marvelous.  And it’s possible.  The fact that it’s possible may be the most scary and marvelous of all.

That is my meditation today.  And it’s turning me inside out and upside down.


  1. Andrea - March 6, 2014

    PS~ Was thinking & intended to type…. oh, that precious precious PRECIOUS baby’s face!! The smile, the innocence, the closed eyes in holy HOLY prayer & anticipation of receiving the Lord!! Is it not a wonder why the Lord insists on us becoming as little children again? Oh, Daja, can we? Is it even possible? If the Lord says it, it MUST be true…. but oh, the journey to go back to the holy innocent days of childlike trust & hope in God. The agony of the journey… the sloughing off of adult cynicism, doubt, rationalization, so-called intellectualism… & the ecstasy of finding the child-like faith, belief, unwaivering, unquestioning trust underneath it all! Lord, may it be so!

    • Daja - March 8, 2014

      Like Mary’s Fiat, may we all say, “Let it be so” for us!  {{{hugs}}}

  2. Andrea - March 6, 2014

    For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me. ~Matthew 18:3 (The Message Bible)

    🙂

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