Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Loving the things of heaven

     Our Prayer After Communion today says:

"Grant us through these mysteries, Lord,
that by moderating earthly desires
we may learn to love the things of heaven."
     Even in the most difficult of moments or circumstances, we find it easy to love the things of earth, those things that satisfy our needs or our cravings.  We will work and strive for "happiness" and "fulfillment" and sacrifice much to attain our goals.  We know the price, and we are all too often ready and willing to pay the price.
     In this prayer of today's liturgy sited above, though, we acknowledge a greater truth and reality - namely that through the great sacrifice of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ and through the sacred meal in which he offers us his very Body and Blood in the Eucharist, we might learn something important.  Namely, that in moderating our earthly desires we make room for the things of heaven.  And this Lent is a wonderful time of renewed awareness of this truth.  Come back to Him, with all your hearts.

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