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Run Time: 10:55. Gospel: Mk 14:12-16, 22-26.
With the Holy Eucharist, though, this [nourishment] does not happen automatically. That it is a supernatural and a spiritual nourishment, and it will only nourish us if we allow it to. And there are many ways that we can make ourselves more aware of this spiritual nourishment that takes place. For some of us it is that discipline of silence – whether in the morning at home before we come to Mass. Or the discipline of silence coming early to Mass, or staying a little bit after Mass. But all of that preparation is also tied into the actual celebration. In order to participate fruitfully, actively in this sacrifice – not only do we need to prepare ourselves, not only do we need to engage the liturgy that we celebrate, but we also need to take that final step of being thankful – making thanksgiving to God for the gifts that He has given to us. That is, if you go back and look at the psalm (at least to my mind) the point of what David is saying. That, “I will take up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. How can I repay His goodness to me?” In the traditional Mass, it’s the last prayer the priest says before he receives the Precious Blood. That element of thanksgiving to God for everything is there even in that most intimate moment of receiving His Body and Blood.