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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

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St. Angela Merici

2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19
Psalm 24
Mark 3:31-35

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the blessed sacrament

"The ark of the Lord was brought in and set in its place within the tent David had pitched for it. Then David offered holocausts and peace offerings before the Lord. When he finished making these offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts." —2 Samuel 6:17-18

When David brought the ark of God into Jerusalem, the people were blessed, and they continued to live in this best of blessings, for the Lord was in their midst in the most special way.

In the new covenant, we have the fulfillment of the ark of God in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is not only the Best of blessings but also the Blesser, God Himself. In the Eucharist, we have the most powerful, intimate presence of the Lord on the face of the earth. The Eucharist is a foretaste of heaven, for the Eucharist is Jesus, Who is God.

By centering our lives on the Eucharist, we live lives of ultimate blessing. We move from grace to grace (Jn 1:16, RNAB) and from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). The blessing from the Eucharist is so awesome that we live in our eucharistic Lord and He in us (Jn 6:56), for we eat His flesh and drink His blood when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion (Jn 6:53ff). The Eucharist is Life Himself (see Jn 14:6; 6:35). So those who live for their eucharistic Lord are raised from the dead and live forever (Jn 6:54).

Live for and in the Eucharist. Live in the eucharistic blessing of the abundant and eternal life.

Prayer:  Father, use this book to lead thousands to live the Mass daily.

Promise:  "Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to Me." —Mk 3:35

Praise:  St. Angela's work in the pioneering of homeschooling helped elevate women, education, and the importance of family.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Sacrament of the Eucharist on audio AV 47A-3 or video V-47A.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert A. Stricker, June 23, 2003

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 26, 2003