| Everlasting Love
(Excerpts from the book Behold The Lamb)
Have you ever loved someone so much that you want to be with that
person each moment? Have you ever loved someone so much that you wish you
could stay awake just so you can look at the person that you love?
Maybe you love your children so much that you sometimes stay awake
at night, brushing the hair from their eyes with your fingertips and
watching over them just to see them breathing.
There is Someone here with us today Who loves you infinitely more
than the greatest love any human heart can measure or hold.
There is Someone here with you today Who loves you so much that He
waits for you, to love you, to hold you, kiss and watch over you twenty-four
hours a day.
Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament is this Someone. He is our God,
Lover and Best friend. It is of Him Whom the Song of Songs says: “O
that His left hand were under my head, and that His right hand embraced me,”
(Song 2:6). And, “Eat, O friends, and drink: drink deeply, O lovers!” for, “I
slept, but my heart was awake... Hark! my Beloved is knocking,” (Song
of Songs 5:1b, 5:2a).
For while we remain asleep, He remains awake. Jesus, Our
Eucharistic Love, kisses our brow, counts the hairs of our head, listens to our
heartbeat and breath, as He waits for us to come to Him and visit Him as He waits
alone in this night of love.
And He knocks on the door of our hearts each day, each night, each
moment, crying with all of the love and passion of His Eucharistic
Heart, which is more than all of the love and the passion of the world, “Come
to Me, Come to Me. If you but knew how dearly I love you. I thirst for your
love, for your heart alone. Could you not watch one hour with Me?,” (Mt. 26:40).
For even in our absence, He remains always with us in His
Eucharistic Presence—Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Such is the passion and
intensity of His love for us in this Most Blessed Sacrament!
To think that the Son of God loves us eternally more than the
person we love the most in this world.
One of the greatest and most intense lovers of Jesus in the Most
Blessed Sacrament was St. Peter Julian Eymard, who wrote volumes on His
Eucharistic Love. St. Peter Julian writes that,
“The life of a bride far from her bridegroom is not a life, but an
agony, a mourning. But by the side of her beloved, the bride is generous
and strong; she is happy. His heart is hers, and it is a joy for her to devote
herself to his service. Such is the Church in the presence of
the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the object of her love, the center of her heart, the joy and
happiness of her life...” St. Therese of Lisieux loved Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament so
much that she said that she wanted to burn like a candle before Him day and
night. She is called the Little Flower because the fragrance of her life was
beautiful to God. Have you ever seen a flower that is wilted and dying? It looks sad
and sick, in need of water, sun and care. Without the Holy Eucharist, both
personally and universally as a Church, we are like that flower. We
are wilted and faded, just barely alive. St. Peter Julian continues:
“Through her [the Church’s] children she watches day and night at
the feet of the God of the tabernacle to honor Him, love Him and serve Him.
The Eucharist is the motive and end of all her worship. It is the soul
of it. Take away the Eucharist, and her worship ceases; for it has no longer
any reason to be.”
Yet, with the Eucharist, with the Love and Rays of the Divine Son,
with the healing waters which flow from His Eucharistic Heart, we are
beautiful, fragrant and strong. Our lives are pleasing and consoling to the Heart
of God, Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, living and dwelling and
burning with love for us in our midst. Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is the
Lover and we are His beloved. He is the Bridegroom and we are His Bride. He has
promised us: “I will allure you and bring you into the wilderness and
speak tenderly to you...” (Hos. 2:14) and “I will betroth you to me
forever... I will betroth you to me in love!” (Hos. 2:19).
It is Jesus in His Eucharistic Presence Who, with His Everpresent
Love for us, fulfills the desires which the Lover has to love his Beloved.
Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament waits for us to come to Him and spend
time with Him, He waits alone— day after day, night after night—in Love.
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