A Call to live the EUCHARISTIC CENTERED LIFE
Life of Justin and his Eucharistic spiritulaity
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”(1Cor. 11: 23-24) The Vocationist should grow and be formed in the shadow of the Eucharist. (Constitution, art. 86) What Jesus did was that is a call to be broken up. He was sharing what he received from the Lord. So as to be a Vocationist is a call to be broken up. Vocationist life is centered on the Eucharist and through which each Vocationst is transformed to new identity. It is a total surrender and self sacrifice for the love of God. “The son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”(Mt-20, 28) Jesus sacrificed his entire life for the salvation of the people. St. Paul says, “Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on the cross. (Phil.-2:7-8)
A Call to be Broken
The Eucharist is the eternal offering of Jesus to the Father for our salvation. It is also supreme worship offered to the Father. Jesus sacrificed his body and blood. Bl. Fr. Justin says, “I offer my chest, my heart, my mouth, my eyes, my hands, and my head to the blessed sacrament as a ciborium, monstrance and tabernacle. I put my blood in to every lamp, my bones into every sense. (V. 172) Each Vocationist should orient themselves, even with the body, wherever they are toward the nearest sacramental church, and they try to get as close as possible to the divine sacrament. (IX. 203) Stay to be close to him and our greatest and holiest enterprise is to bring the world to close to Him and to daily communion. Jesus said, “very truly, I tell you unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood you have no life in you.”(Jn. 6:53) Jesus gives himself through the image of body and blood. We are called to transform and we are supposed to share our beingness to mankind and we are chosen to sacrifice our body and blood.
Our life is to be living bread for others. The Eucharist is the sacrifice of sharing body and blood of Jesus and in which we are called to share or offer our body and blood. Bl. Fr. Justin says, “On the altar, the infinite richer! From the altar infinite treasures. We get to hear and celebrate Holy Mass in the more actual and intense union with Jesus Christ and with him to offer ourselves, consecrate ourselves, to ascend to the father, and to descend to the souls, to elevate and unite them with the holy Trinity.” The Eucharist, as sacrifice, is the Holy Mass that we celebrate and to which we are called to participate everyday.
The Eucharist, Center of our Life
Bl. Fr. Justin always taught us that the root and center of our spiritual life is the holy sacrifice of the altar. He says “You are our center, our goal and only way! O Divine Eucharist you enable us to arrive to you. Only you, O God Jesus.” (Opere, Vol. VIII, P. 367) Jesus became man and died on the cross he did it so that all men become one with him and with the Father. All of us, therefore, are called to form part of this divine unity.
Trinity is the beginning, center and end of our life. We come from God Trinity, we live in God and we go to God. The holy Eucharist is the supreme revelation and communication of the Trinity to the soul and the supreme elevation of the soul to the blessed Trinity. (Opere Vol. V, P. 170) The three divine Persons are present in the sacrifice of the altar. By the will of the Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, the Son offers himself in a redemptive sacrifice. Each time that the Church celebrates the Eucharist, our Lord becomes present under the sacramental signs of the bread and wine, in the act of offering up his life to the Father in expiation for the sins of all mankind. In Christ and with Christ, God’s salvific work becomes present, the sacrifice of our redemption in the fullness of the Paschal mystery, Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. He is present as a Person who seeks us out to redeem us, to show us his love, to give us his very life in the Bread of eternal life and the Chalice of eternal salvation.
Bl. Fr. Justin always insisted everyone to live in accord with the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the church, channeling one’s whole existence through the Eucharistic sacrifice each day. The holy Eucharist is the gift of the Blessed Trinity to the Church. It is because of this that we can consider the Holy Mass as the center and the source of a Christian’s spiritual life. “You are our center, our goal and only way! O Divine Eucharist you enable us to arrive to you. Only you, O God-Jesus!” (Opere,Vol.VIII, p.367)
The Holy Eucharist is truly the source and summit of our daily life. The Vocationist always begin all our community prayers with the prayer, ‘Eucharistic heart of Jesus, unite us perfectly to your adoration, thanks giving, reparation and intercession, make of us with you, a host of sacrifice to the divinity, and a sacrament to the souls.’ Eucharist is the greatest expression of God’s love for us and without Eucharist we remain out of the flow of God’s graces and love.’ The Holy Eucharist occupies a central place in the life of a vocationist and punctuates the major milestones in our personal and community life.