A deep, personal and intimate encounter with Christ…This is at the heart of Saint John Paul II’s message of the New Evangelization. He invited and encouraged us to seek our Lord in prayer and in service. Isn’t this something we all desire? So how can we meet and encounter our Risen Lord and converse with him, share with him, give to him and receive from him? Well, pretty much in everything, in every situation and in every person we can encounter our Lord if we remain open and available to his loving presence. Yes, even in what is unapparent to our senses, or in the most difficult of situations, and even in the people who most challenge us – we can encounter Christ. Personally, I believe that the place we truly encounter our Lord is in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in which Jesus is really and truly present to us. I have come to believe and experience that one can never in this life be any closer to God than in the moment we receive Holy Communion, hence the name – Holy Communion. We are united to Christ in a holy and mutual exchange of love. As much as I hunger and thirst for Holy Communion, it is Jesus in the Holy Eucharist that is hungering and thirsting for me; he hungers and thirsts to be in Holy Communion with each one of us. It is the moment of a deep, personal and encounter with Christ. He is loving us in the Eucharist. Ok, just in case you missed it; Jesus is loving us in the Eucharist! That is pretty profound and his love will continue to deepen and grow if we remain open and available to his gifts. Our Lord has inspire me to consider and contemplate seven gifts of the Eucharist. He gives us his grace, he blesses us, he spiritually heals what is hurting, he loves us personally and intimately, he showers us with his mercy, he grants us pardon, and gives us peace. Wow! Our Lord is pretty amazing… May you have a Holy Communion.