We have thought on thy steadfast love, O God,
in the midst of thy temple.
— Psalm 48:9, RSV
I dreamed last week that my wife and I had desired to go to a far off place – a very important place – to receive Holy Communion, the Blessed Sacrament. This reception would be very special however because the experience would be unique and tangible.In my dream, we were there on the steps leading up to the entrance waiting to go up. Father Terry was there as the very serious gatekeeper, only allowing certain people to enter in. He had a beard and a traditional Franciscan brown robe on…No smile – looking very diligent and serious in his service. We walked by him, and he did not concern himself with us.
We entered into what seemed to be an old stone temple, a dark hallway barely lit with candles. I was excited with anticipation of receiving the Lord!
We finally arrived at the head of the line where 3 persons were standing, but I could only see the beautiful young person standing in the center and holding the ciborium. I thought the person, because of the apparent youth (20’s), fair complexion, absence of facial hair, and thick, dark hair cropped flat about 3 inches above the shoulders, and thin frame, to be a young lady, but it was not clear. The person wore what appeared to be a black, floor-length, silk-like robe or cassock with shiny, silver-like strips and adornments attached from the shoulders downward and from side to side across the chest as if sewn in. I could only see by candle-light.
The person held up a Host: “The Body of Christ” is what I expected to hear. I bowed down dramatically in accordance with the promptings of the Spirit and received the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord.
I immediately became intoxicated and refreshed.
I was given a large container of water to carry out with me. The 3 persons helped me out , with my wife following closely. I held the water up high above my head. The water was important.
At the entrance of the temple, I looked to the young person carrying the ciborium. I immediately knew the person to be royalty. With all of my Spirit I said, “Thank you Princess!” My wife immediately chastised me and said, “He is a man.” She sensed the masculinity of this person; I sensed the femininity and all that is good there in this person. We were both being complemented.
God complements humanity. In the Son, all of humanity is unified. From Adam came out the woman, Eve. And so Adam and Eve became complements to each other. Before Eve, Adam was not yet divided.
In the Son, Jesus Christ, He is whole — fully all — fully complementary to all of humanity. This is a great mystery. The Church, like Eve, came out of Him. Yes. That is it. The Church was formed from that Blood and Water that gushed from His side. Jesus is also fully complementary with His Bride, the Church. This is not on account of His flesh alone, but on account of His divinity as well, and therefore, on account of who we will become at the Resurrection — like Him.
His Spirit constantly calls us to succumb to Him, that is, to be one with Him in true complementary fashion, in a way which we do not yet fully understand. “Succumb to Me!” He insists. “Marry Me!” He insists. We are chosen; we must prepare for that day. How must we prepare? We ask and do not yet see fully the way.
Yet He nourishes us along the Way. He helps us to become ready for Him, and so many deny His help — not being receptive! He sends disciples to lead and to distribute life-giving Water to soften, wash, purify, so that we may receive True Nourishment, the Eucharist, which gives us True Life and makes us ready for Divine Marriage.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. [St. Paul, Letter to the Colossians, 1:17-20, RSV]