It is common to begin a new year defining 12 resolutions that will help us to be better. As we celebrate the Year of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Seattle, I propose the following resolutions to benefit from this jubilee and grow even closer to the Eucharistic Jesus.
1. Prepare your soul for Communion by going to confession more often. You will be able to experience the peace that is the fruit of the Eucharist.
2. Attend Mass more regularly. Needless to say, you should attend at least every Sunday (virtually, if necessary). Try to attend also at least once during the week.
3. Pay attention to the Real Presence right before receiving Communion. Do not receive the host while distracted. Acknowledge that Christ is truly present in the host. May the “Amen” you respond when receiving the blessed host be a sincere proclamation of faith. Experience Jesus coming into your soul.
4. Pray at least 15 minutes after receiving Communion. Don’t rush out of church when Mass is over. Jesus remains sacramentally within you for about 15 minutes. Make good use of this time enjoying a moment of intimate prayer.
5. Visit the Blessed Sacrament. At least every other week, visit an adoration chapel or go to your parish when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. Try praying for 15 minutes in the presence of the Eucharistic Jesus and grow the habit of being in the presence of the Lord.
6. Attend Benediction at least once a month. Through the incense, the bells and the adoration rite, you will discover how sublime the experience of worshipping the Blessed Sacrament in a solemn fashion is.
7. Be reverent before the Blessed Sacrament. Conduct yourself in silence and with respect inside the Lord’s dwelling. Be as cautious and silent as a mother who goes into the room of her sleeping baby. Never cross before the tabernacle without making a proper genuflection (if you are able), making sure your right knee touches the ground.
8. Meditate upon the Bread of Life Discourse (John 6) and the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). These Gospel narratives will help you remember that Christ is truly present in the consecrated host.
9. Don’t miss the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. Sit at the Lord’s table at the beginning of the triduum and partake of the memorial of the Last Supper, in which Jesus instituted the Eucharist, the priesthood and the commandment of love.
10. Join the eucharistic procession on the solemnity of Corpus Christi. This will be a beautiful way to close our Year of the Eucharist.
11. Make your family’s love for the Eucharist grow. Invite everyone to join you in fulfilling these resolutions.
12. Take the Year of the Eucharist seriously. Really, don’t take it for granted. If you’re a priest, insist to your community week after week the importance of this jubilee and on the value of the Eucharist, the source and summit of all Christian life.
If you fulfill these resolutions, I assure you that you will feel deeply gratified, and closer to the Lord, when our Year of the Eucharist comes to an end on Corpus Christi.
Be passionate about our faith!
Northwest Catholic - January/February 2021