Happy New Year!
There’s something special about starting a new year. At least psychologically, it’s a new beginning for us. We make all kinds of commitments to read more, go to the gym, eat right, etc. Some of them stick, some of them don’t.
Whether you’ve thought about your New Year’s Resolutions yet or not – I have one for you. You could call it a challenge, but believe it or not, it’s the easiest resolution you’ll ever attempt.
The Challenge is this: when you receive the Eucharist, receive on the tongue.
Sound silly? It’s reported that over half of Catholics do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Over half.
Our Church is experiencing gross indifference toward the Blessed Sacrament. (And, indifference is putting it lightly). We need to re-learn respect and reverence for Christ in the Eucharist.
Hence, the challenge.
I believe that by submitting our physical bodies to Christ – making this tangible, corporal action – our souls will follow. I’m not saying that receiving the Eucharist on the tongue will instantly improve our faith, or the problems of our Church. But, it’s an outward sign of the respect we should inwardly have toward our Savior. So, why not?
Our Church had a rough year in 2018. Many of us are left wondering what we can do. This is a place to start. Let’s use our physical actions to open our hearts to God’s grace. Let’s teach ourselves, our children, our parish, to adore Christ. Let’s remember and bear witness that the Catholic Church has the One thing that no other church has: Jesus Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament.
Faith is difficult, but this challenge is not. Is it awkward at first, yes. Stick with it. The gauntlet has been thrown.
Be the Men,