The Institution of the Eucharist
“Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’” - Matthew 26:26 Consider the example of Blessed Imelda. During her lifetime, children did not receive First Communion until about the age of 14, but Imelda did not want to wait that long. She watched longingly as others waited in line for the Body and Blood of Jesus. She said, "Tell me, can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?" At age 11, a miracle occurred, allowing her to finally receive her First Communion. She returned to her pew in a state of ecstasy and literally died of happiness. As you wait in line for Communion, think of Blessed Imelda's words. Are you so filled with joy at the prospect of actually receiving Jesus' Body and Blood that you could die of happiness?