Good morning son!
Lord it was a perplexing awakening when I realized that the vast majority of Christians down through the centuries trusted in your real presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Most recently as I read Tolkien’s letters to his son — Tolkien whom even the world proclaims a master story teller — when I see his words on the Blessed Sacrament to Christopher, well… it jars me.
And then reading those snippets from people who wrote down through the centuries, men and women, young and aged, common lay folk and brilliant educated Saints, all of them bearing witness in unison to your real presence in the Eucharist. (This I find in those beautiful little books “My Daily Eucharist”.)
A then in “The Holy Hour” book [Word on Fire Press] pp. 202 and 206 Thomas Merton and Pope Francis’ beautiful poetry and poetic prose proclaiming that in the Eucharist is the marriage of heaven and earth — which makes much sense in that thereby you penetrate into the depths of our physical bodies as food and drink and through us permeate the world and the cosmos with your presence.
Lord, this is GLORIOUS!
Yes son, it is and it is something I want to do in, with and through you - interpenetrating each other — body and soul — like human lovers but on a higher plane — Yes, when Roberto Benigni ejaculated in his joy and love to the whole world that he wanted “to lay you all down and make love to you all” he was expressing a note of pure desire for intimate union with everyone — a unity which cannot be attained in the wildest of physical orgies — but is slowly and surely being attained in the communion of saints through partaking in the Holy Eucharist day by day, week by week, month by month and year by year. It is the longest nuptial love making ever! And remember, nuptial love making is just the beginning! We continue this marriage eternally and love making is part of marriage (and begetting children) — it is life giving intimacy for all eternity that can now be celebrated not just between two people in a brief “lifetime” but with all those who abide in me in the Eucharist — All who accept the invitation to the wedding supper of the lamb.
Son, what I’m giving you a glimpse of here is so much more glorious and ecstatic and wonderful than merely marital love. Don’t mistake the symbol for the real thing… powerful though the symbol may be it is only a shadow of the reality of intimate, interpenetrating connectivity you will all experience in eternity in heaven with all the saints.
Ah, the beatific vision — no matter how dim my eyes and how inadequate my comprehension — is still overwhelming and wonderful. Thank you Lord for bending low and spoon feeding a tiny pre-chewed morsel into my tiny mouth. Thank you for being you and for being present and in, with and through myself and my innumerable brothers and sisters all at once. Thank you for this communion symbolized in Avatar as they are all tied together in the Mother tree. Thank you most Holy Trinity for opening the sharing of your love with us all.
You’re welcome son! We love you to infinity and beyond!
Love you too Lord.