Prepare the Tabernacle of Your Soul for the Lord in Holy Communion

When we say at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.  But, only say the word, and my soul shall be healed,” we are expressing our faith in the Lord’s power and authority over us, even from afar.  

But in the Eucharist, He is really going to come to our dwelling if we invite Him.  Know that when you approach the altar for Holy Communion, you should be prepared to open the doors to your person, the tabernacle of your heart and soul, in order to invite Jesus Christ into your dwelling.  

How will you prepare for His reception?  Will you be able to see yourself inside your own dwelling where you can make preparations?  Will the light be on at the door?  Will you have repaired what has been broken?  Will you have cleaned your dwelling, put out the good dishes and crystal goblets, and have lighted a fire and have prepared a warm greeting?  Will you have water there to wash His feet upon entry and expensive ointment to apply, perhaps even to His Wounds should you find them?  

He will be there at the Eucharist.  How will you receive the Lord?  Will the light at your door be on?  Will you be present to greet him there in the tabernacle of your soul?  Will you be happy to greet Him?  Will you be scrambling to clean and prepare, like St. Martha, distracted with preparations upon His knocking on the door, or will you be ready like St. Mary, calm and attentive to His Presence and His Words and His needs?  Will you have faith that He already knows your needs?  

Think about these things when preparing for the Eucharist, to receive your special Guest.

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4 responses to “Prepare the Tabernacle of Your Soul for the Lord in Holy Communion

  1. “The Guest of our Souls” This was beautiful Francis. Sometimes I wonder how He can even find a place to dwell in mine, it can become so cluttered? Great advice here and thank you. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! God Bless, SR

  2. It’s very compelling idea, and perhaps should be expressed more, that your body is a tabernacle for your heavenly soul. I came across a similar idea while writing a commentary on St. Augustine’s Advent Sermo LI. He spoke of the earthly vessels that St. Paul speaks bout in 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 and the Word must be allowed to flow from your body to the spread the gospel to the world.

    Great thoughts.

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