“The Blood of Christ,” I watch the gold Chalice as it is elevated before me, while trying to grasp a mystery that is well beyond my understanding. “Amen”– I believe, despite my unbelief. I delicately curl my fingers around the Heart of my Saviour, and drink. The scent is intoxicating, and the taste is even better. Surprised, almost scandalized by the sweet taste in my mouth, all I can think is “they shouldn’t make the Wine this delicious, it’s distracting.” Then, the Psalm floats into my mind “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord”. Oh, how sweet! How good is my Lord!
This experience with the Precious Blood of Jesus invited me to see God in a whole new way. I’d always thought of God as a Father and a Judge—and rightfully so! As I wondered at the fact that God wants to appeal to my whole being- including my senses, I began to see God as a Lover. This may sound strange, but I would compare Jesus’ Passover and Sacrifice to a wedding and wedding night. Think about it: couples take vows, entrusting one another with their entire selves- feelings, thoughts, words, and their very bodies- in a real and complete way! This love is so great (and so good) that “nine months later, they must give it a name”- Scott Hahn
Similarly, Jesus breaks bread with His disciples, expressing His eager desire to share Himself with them! He says to His disciples “This is my body, which is given for you…He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has everlasting life.” Then, He acts on this promise by allowing soldiers to tear His robe and flesh, and nail Him to the Cross. Jesus physically gives over His entire body, will and intellect to give new life to His bride, the Church. Not to mention He continues to give Himself -alive, whole, body, soul and divinity- to us in the Eucharist!
If it’s true that Jesus desires to make us His bride, how willing should we be to love Him back?! Two thousand years ago, the Creator of the Universe humbled himself enough to come to us as a tiny zygote in the womb of a Virgin. And today, He humbles himself enough to come to us as a tiny piece of bread in the hands of a man. “Omnipotence in simple humility,” as one of my friends put it. If we truly believe all this, what could possibly stop us from crawling to Mass and Adoration at any opportunity? What in our lives can we sacrifice to make more time to see Jesus, Who is the Source of all Love, all Mercy, all Bliss, and all Grace? He longs to see you, to unite Himself to you, to be your heart’s Delight. The next time you approach the Lord’s Table, remember to unite yourself to Him, and to savour the taste of Pure Love.