A Homily by Fr. Donal J. Doyle, SJ on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus tells us in the Gospel (Jn. 6:51-58), “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever.” He is talking here about giving himself to us in Holy Communion, in the Eucharist.
Each of us feels attracted by words and at the same time feels the need to love the Lord in a very personal way.
I remember when I was a boy, as a family we would go to Mass on a Sunday with our parents. I still remember my Mother staying on quietly in the chapel and making her own prayer of thanksgiving. I would wait outside until she finished. I never knew what she was saying to the Lord until many years later, when was already a priest. At this stage she was bed-ridden at home and when I was back in Dublin from Japan I would say a Mass for her in her bedroom. Always after receiving Communion, she would pray quietly to herself. I never knew what she was saying until a few weeks before she died. I was saying Mass for her and gave her communion. The suddenly I could actually hear what she was quietly saying to the Lord. It was her own private prayer. I wrote it down at once.
“My Lord and My God, I believe in You.
My Lord and My God, I hope in You.
My Lord and My God, I love You.
My Lord and My God, I thank You”
It really is beautiful.