Friday, March 28, 2014

Lent with St. Francis, Friday of 3rd Week of Lent

And so it is really the Spirit of God who dwells in his faithful who receive the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord. Anyone who does not have this Spirit and presumes to receive him eats and drinks judgment to himself (1 Cor. 11:29). And so we may ask in the words of Scripture, Men of rank, how long will you be dull of heart? (Ps. 4:3) Why do you refuse to recognize the truth and believe in the Son of God? (Jn 9:35) . . . He shows himself to us in this sacred bread just as he once appeared to his apostles in real flesh. With their own eyes they say only his flesh, but they believed that he was God, because they contemplated him with the eyes of the spirit. We, too, with our own eyes, see only bread and wine, but we must see further and firmly believe that this is his most holy Body and Blood, living and true. In this way our Lord remains continually with his followers, as he promised, Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world (Mt. 28:20). - St. Francis, The Admonitions

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