We can find in the Eucharist a way to fix our attention on Jesus with a simple attitude of love. We can make our own the words of the Song of Songs: “I was sleeping, but my heart kept vigil; I heard my lover knocking: ‘Open to me, my sister, my beloved, my dove, my perfect one! For my head is wet with dew, my locks with the moisture of the night. I have taken off my robe, am I then to put it on? I have bathed my feet, am I then to soil them? Open to me, my sister, my beloved!’” (Songs 5).
These words call to mind the suffering that Jesus endured because of his love for us. By letting himself be humbled Jesus overcame all human pride. By freely surrendering himself he set us free from our enslavement. The cost to him was very great but he bore it because of his great love. This same love impels him to give himself to us in the Eucharist.
How can I thank you, Lord, for what you have done for me. Not only did you redeem me, you have patiently waited for me to respond to your love. Again and again you have come to me in the Eucharist to draw me to yourself.