My Eucharistic Miracle that might have been: A couple of weeks ago, during the Saturday evening Mass, I spoke of a possible Eucharist miracle here at St. Maurice. I shared the story as part of my homily dealing with the need for us to share our experiences of faith and encounters with God.
I have had a wonderful time engaging many people about this “miracle” and their special encounters with the Lord through the Eucharist. Sharing that story has been a true gift of joy for me as I have been able to hear others speak about their great love for Christ.
In a nut shell, this is what happened. One of our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion had gone on a call and the individual to whom she gave communion spit up the host. So, doing the correct thing, she brought the host back to the Church to be properly disposed of. In that situation, I had two options. I could have consumed the host or I could have dissolved the host in water. Being slightly germaphobic, in this situation I went with the second option. I placed the host in water and sealed it in a ciborium for safe keeping until it dissolved. Then something mysterious happened….
When I checked on the host what I saw shocked me. It seemed, to me, like the host was turning into something fleshy and there was clearly a red blood-like substance present. Needless to say, I kind of freaked out and immediately told Fr. Daniel about it. We both decided to give it a few more days to see what would happen. After that Saturday night Mass some parishioners asked to see the host, and so I showed it to them. They saw the red substance too!
A few days later I once again checked on the host. However, this time all I saw was basically clear water―what I had originally expected to see when dissolving a host in water. So, was it a short lived miracle? Most would say no. I’d probably say no, too. However, it has helped many of us open up about our faith, what we believe, and how the Lord has touched our lives, especially through His true presence in the Eucharist. That isn’t miraculous. That is what we are called to do. We should be spreading the Good News of the Lord’s existence in our lives with those around us.
This past Wednesday we wore ash on our foreheads to proclaim to the world that we are Christians. For the rest of Lent may our voices call out this same message as we share the stories of how God is truly alive in our hearts and lives.