Think back to when you were a teenager, or if you are a teenager, listen up =), as teenagers, we had a certain amount of life experience, and we had seen our parents make a certain amount of mistakes. Since the age of reason, since around eight years old, we had begun to develop our own ability to discover the truth. At some point, we were tempted to strike out on our own and reject anything that we did not yet understand. When we reach this point, sometimes as a teenager and sometimes earlier, we are tempted to reject some of the truths that our parents hold; but could it be that because of their longer life experience, there are still truths outside our grasp, truths which we should hold on to out of trust, out of faith? The mystery of the Eucharist is one such truth, one such mystery, which our ultimate parent, God the Father, shares through the words of Jesus and through our mother, the Church, from generation to generation, as it reaches us today. This Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
How many times has the weight of the world brought us to a place of darkness, the place of Elijah, where we say, “This is enough, O Lord! Take my life!” Each one of us has endured different difficulties, different sufferings. Immigration, separation, finances, sickness, all of these things weigh on us, and sometimes it is difficult to see the ray of light burning through the darkness. What path should we walk, is there any hope, my life is a mess, “This is enough, O Lord! Take my life!” But through grace we find prayer, and through prayer we find strength, and this strength has a shape, it is the Eucharist. Jesus Christ has given “his flesh for the life of the world”, for our journey through the desert to the Father.