In the Eucharist, there is union and communion. We bring forward the gifts – the bread and wine – made with human hands – the product of humanity – that is, imperfect humanity itself. And then the Holy Spirit enters and converts the symbols of humanity into Christ. Humanity is healed and made one with Christ in that instant, and then there is another exchange: We individually receive Christ in our own persons, and we are made one – one Body in Christ – one Body with Christ – one Body through Christ. As one, bonded with Christ, we can never fail – we will never die – we have happiness on the horizon.
In the mean time, when we are one with Christ, we share in His holy suffering. This is because we live in time, and Christ’s suffering is in time – re-presented in time at each offering to the Father – and we, when we say “yes” to this mystical marriage – become partners in His Suffering. He is not alone, and we are not alone. There is nothing that we do not share together. We share sacrifice; we will share bliss. We sacrifice through Christ’s Sacrifice; we will receive Love through Christ’s Love. Christ is perfect; we are being perfected through Christ’s Perfection.
In suffering in this way, the Way which leads to eternal Salvation, there is reason for great joy!
Without Him, we can do nothing – achieve nothing of lasting importance – that is, we can not achieve eternal blissful Life in Love with Him. But with Him – holding hands along the Way, we will achieve precisely what God wills for us. He wills to heal us and perfect us along our journey. He wills our total happiness in Him.
Be patient. Endure. Suffering is but a spark in time; Joy is eternal. 🙂