Something to ponder: When we want to give a gift to a parent, brother or sister, child, grandchild, etc., we give it freely. The gift is accepted. Do we pay close attention to the way the recipient received our gift, which came from our heart? Of course, we are interested in the way in which the one we gifted received our gift. Then, think about it: God gives us so many gifts throughout the day. How inclined are we to accept the gift? How much are we aware that the very breath we take, or our ability to see, to walk, to run or to work and all that we do is truly a gift from God? Do we simply take this all for granted? How do we accept the gifts we have been offered? God prepares so many gifts for us to receive, but numerous times we never show up to receive them. The greatest gift offered to us is receiving Our Lord in Communion.
Take this as an example: “Imagine that going to Mass is like Sunday dinner planned by your favorite grandmother. She set the table with her best dishes, made all your favorite foods, even wrapped presents for you, and waited. And you never showed. God waits for us every week hoping we’ll share the greatest meal ever prepared.” –A Book of Grace-Filled Days
Take time to show up! Take the time to show up for what really matters. Don’t wait until some illness or other restriction helps us turn to God. Too easily we make everything else in our lives more important than showing up for the meal Our Lord has prepared for us. We take time for innumerable things, but how much time do we give to what is really of consequence? Our spiritual life matters. We want to show up and nourish our soul! Plan on showing up for an extra daily Mass or at least a weekend Mass. Doesn’t Our Lord deserve this from us that we show up for greatest meal that has been offered to us?