God’s decision to become human cannot change. It is the human as well as the divine Jesus who dwells with us in the Eucharist. The divine outreach through Jesus into our world is faithful in all ages. He won’t go away and leave us alone. The Word who has been made flesh shall always have flesh. The human Jesus is forever human—that is, he is human and he is forever.
St. John says he is “filled with enduring love” (Jn 1). Jesus’ gift of himself in our humanity reached its climax in his passion and death and resurrection. Now he abides with us to remind us of his love. In the Song of Songs the beloved says: “Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm; for stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away” (Songs 8).
Jesus, I believe the Eucharist is a free gift of your love gained for us by you at a great price. Increase my appreciation of your gift so that I may respond to it in my life. May you be a seal on my heart and a seal on my arm, so that all I desire and do unites me with you.