Our God comes to us. As we hear the readings of the ending of the present liturgical year which focus on the Second Coming of Jesus, and as we approach the Advent season where we celebrate His First Coming, we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, come!” This is a truth and a reality which we continually reenter when we receive our Holy Eucharist. Jesus comes to be with us, to dwell within us, to abide with us. Jesus comes to forgive us, to heal us, to bring us reconciliation. Jesus comes to draw us into one in Himself, into communion with each other, and to empower us to take His love to our families, our workplaces, and our communities. In the Eucharist, God comes to us, and we are to take Him to others.
In our Synodal process, we heard the call of the need for a True Eucharistic Revival. We heard the need for deeper understanding and appreciation of the gift of the Eucharist and for the formation that would help us to enter more fully into the mystery. We heard the need for a Eucharistic Revival that would make our parishes places of true welcome, hospitality, and communion. We heard the need for a Eucharistic Revival where we are forgiven our sins, built up in virtue and the willingness to do little things with great love. In this, we are not alone. Our God is there always with us. He has come to us, He will come to us again, and He today, here and now, comes constantly to us.
"In the Eucharist, God comes to us, and we are to take Him to others."
As we move more deeply into this Eucharistic Revival, let us pray that it will be a True Eucharistic Revival beginning with our personal transformation. As we go to Him in adoration and receive Him in Holy Eucharist, let us look to the ways He will reveal to bring our communion to those we encounter. Come, Holy Spirit! Lead us more devotedly into our mission. Guide us into a True Eucharistic Revival.
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Improved communication and responsible coordination of efforts will help us to work together as the Body of Christ
These will also help us to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit guiding us into a True Eucharistic Revival
+Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo
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