I stand at our parish altar feeling overwhelmed on most days. I have to catch my breath when I see the faces of people who really need God. People in poverty reveal to me that grace is not bound by a communion rail or church door. People in dire need open my heart to trust Christ’s real presence among people’s real suffering. People gather for Mass because of the violence in their lives. We all encounter at the altar table a profound need for something greater than ourselves.
I realize with all my heart that sacraments compel us back to the streets from the altar to work for justice. We feed people who line up in our hospitality center because we have waited in line to be fed in the communion line in our chapel. Volunteers wash feet because our feet have been held by God and washed in the liturgy. We take to the streets the grace we receive in the Eucharist. Sacraments are not bound by our infidelity, our hopelessness or our inability to receive the love God has for us. Sacraments teach us how to love in the world. I now crave the Eucharist in ways that continue to change and form both my heart and my ministry.
Line Dancing – December 2009, Ministry & Liturgy Magazine
A Beautiful Supper – April 2009, Ministry & Liturgy Magazine
Someone Else’s Clothing – April 2010, Ministry & Liturgy Magazine
The Eucharist forms us into the person that God made us. When we go out with the love of Jesus freshly consumed we are transformed by Jesus in the person that we meet. Deacon Mike