Daily Reflections on the Eucharist Day - 72

Let us adore and communicate in quality of the poor of the good God.

We shall by so doing find an easy application of the four ends of the Sacrifice of the Mass.

First, what does the poor man do when about to beg alms of a charitable rich man? Thinking only of the goodness of the rich man, he salutes him respectfully and joyfully, forgetful of his own miserable appearance, his poor, unsightly rags. Do the same before Our Lord. Forget your misery to think only of His goodness. Adore Him in confidence and humility.

Secondly, the beggar lauds the bounty of the rich man: "You are very kind. Every one says so. And now you have been kind to me!" And he enumerates in detail the benefits that he has received. In it his way praise and thank the Divine Goodness, and your heart will find words and tears of gratitude very sweet and very eloquent.

Thirdly, the beggar exposes his miseries: "Here I am again at your door with my wants greater than ever before. I have only you! I know that your kindness will not weary of me, that it is greater than my poverty. I know that I am making you happy by affording you the occasion to do good." Let us in this way lay open our misery before Our Lord. Let us win Him by His heart, by the good that He desires to do, and we shall make Him happy, for His love is shown only by the outpourings of His goodness. When the beggar receives much more than he asks, he sheds tears of tender gratitude. He does not think of examining right away what has been given him, for he thinks only of the good grace with which it has been given. He exclaims, and it is his only word: "Ah, how good you are! I know it well!" But if the rich man makes the beggar enter his house, invites him to his table, places him by his own side — ah! the poor creature has not the courage to eat, so confused is he, so overcome by such goodness! Does not Our Lord treat us in this way? May our misery make us better comprehend His bounty!

Fourthly, and lastly, the beggar takes leave of his benefactor with the words: "Ah, if I could only do something for you! I shall, at least, pray much for your family." And he goes away, praising God from sheer joy, and blessing his benefactor. Let us do the same. Let us pray for the family of Our Lord. Let us bless His goodness. Let us proclaim His glory everywhere, and offer Him the homage of our heart and life.

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