The Catholic church is devoting a year to concentrating on the meaning of the Mass. In our Sunday bulletin, the word "break" is the focus.
What I didn't realize is that the breaking of the bread "symbolizes the suffering body of Christ broken for us. The breaking of the one bread to feed many symbolizes our unity in Christ. The breaking of bread for later distribution to the sick symbolizes our union with those who cannot be with us in the Mass."
The last to me is the most powerful. There are so many that I care about, who no longer attend Mass. Not due to illness, but their own choice and it's painful for me that they no longer participate in Christ's gift to us.
It's hard to be the face of Christ to others. I usually fail miserably, but it doesn't mean that I don't continue to try. These words of St. Therese of Lisieux were inspiring to me. I hope they are to you:
"Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you - for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart ... don't listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love ... "
"Receive Communion often, very often ... there you have the sole remedy, if you want to be cured. Jesus has not put this attraction in your heart for nothing ... "
"The guest of our soul knows our misery; He comes to find an empty tent within us - that is all He asks."