I was sitting next to my son at Mass on Easter and he whispered, “This is the last Sunday where I can’t receive Jesus.”
To receive Jesus. We’ve had a few conversations about this over the last few weeks as he is preparing for his First Communion, but the most impactful was when he made the connection between the Easter story and the Eucharist.
At Mass, we see Jesus before us in the consecrated host on the altar and hear the words of the Last Supper.
We see the priest elevate His body like He was elevated on the cross.
We see the priest take Him down and offer Him to us just like Joseph of Arimathea took Him down and placed His body in Mary’s arms.
And we see the priest place His body back in the Tabernacle and close the doors like Joseph did when he laid Him in the tomb.
When our eyes are locked on the bread that becomes Jesus we can clearly see how amazing it is to receive Him just like Mary took Him into her arms from the cross. But this time He isn’t dead. He is alive and pumping through our veins.
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.” 1 Corinthians 11:26
When we receive Jesus, we become tabernacles ready to bring the living Christ to the world.
Melaine Myklebust is a wife and a mother to four small children. She is a parishioner at Mary of the Immaculate Conception parish in Rockville. Melaine has a passion for women’s ministry and leads a Scripture study for women at her parish and she facilitates the Central MN Catholic Moms Group. Melaine loves reading, cooking, watercolor painting, and she has a weakness for temperament and personality type quizzes.