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No Reservations

A few weeks ago, we had a special Mass to celebrate the closing of the 75th anniversary of the Congregation. The General Director presided the Mass, the choir prepared special songs, the chapel was full of Legionaries, Consecrated Men and Women, and other members of Regnum Christi from dozens of countries. Also, we happened to have a crisis situation.

When the time for communion came, it turned out that someone miscounted the hosts. There were more people than expected and not enough hosts. We were going to run out. To make matters worse, no one really realized the situation until only two priests had hosts left to give out. It was a problem. So, the priests started to break hosts in half. But it wasn’t enough. So, they started to break them into quarters. Still not enough. Then, one went and took the big host we use for Eucharistic adoration and began to break it into pieces. We were all too intent on watching the outcome of this situation that the chapel hymn fell apart. We all watched the general director breaking hosts into smaller and smaller pieces, hoping we wouldn’t run out. People were receiving pieces about half the size of the fingernail on a pinky. When the last person received the last piece of communion, we all breathed a sigh of relief. That was a close call. Poor sacristans.

Reflecting on the situation, I realized that what happened portrayed very well what Christ really did for us. When he died on the cross to wash away our sins, he did not hold anything back. He sweat and bled and suffered till the last moment. The very last moment! He gave himself till the last little drop of blood. Keeping nothing for himself, he gave it all, to wash us clean and to give us the chance to find happiness, joy, and peace.

At that Mass, we ran out of hosts, but really we can see it in another way, Christ gave himself totally and without reserve to each one of us. And it’s not just at that Mass, it’s in every single one. When we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, we receive all his love, all his miracles, all his healings, all his suffering, all his blood, his whole self, without reservations.

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