by Fr Richard Heilman | September 4, 2018 3:33 pm
Recently, we’ve had some terrible thunderstorms roll through the area. As usual, my very large Bernese Mountain Dog, “Lady” (named after the Blessed Mother), turns into a trembling little “taredy tat” with the first flash of lightning. 😉
Her favorite spot, when we are up in my bedroom for the night, is a little 3′ x 3′ walk-in area. That’s her “storm shelter.” If it gets super stormy, she jumps up on my bed and presses against me so hard it’s like she wants to pass through me. Oftentimes, her face will lay alongside my arm, and I can feel the little tickle of her blinking eyelashes. I do my best to help her feel she is safe, but I also poke fun at her … “You big taredy tat!” 🙂
Think about it … Every time we receive our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, we are as close as we can possibly be. To prepare ourselves to receive Him we must, first, reconcile by renouncing anything that has kept us separated from Him at all. In other words, we must, first, receive His wonderful mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The word “reconciliation” is a powerful metaphor. The Latin word for eyelash is cilia. If you were so close to someone as to have your eyelashes touch with theirs (“with” being cum or con- in Latin), you’d be con–cilia. And if you were once that close, but had drifted apart and then returned again (“again” being re- in Latin), you would be re-con-cilia—you would be reconciled.
Yes, God wants us – ALWAYS – that close … eyelash to eyelash, especially as we weather the storms in our lives. Once we receive the words of absolution from the priest in the Sacrament of Confession, we are that close. Like my dog, Lady, we press into God, and He feels the tickle of our eyelashes against Him. But, that is not enough for God. He wants to “press back.” This is why He invites us to ingest His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. He wants to, not just be “near to us,” but He wants to be “in us” … as close as He can possibly be.
This is an amazing love.
Go to Confession! 🙂
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