“Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light and causes me to know your truth…you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love.”
These fiery words were spoken by Catherine of Siena, around 1380 AD. They echo so much the experience of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
As they traveled, heartbroken and dismayed about the death of Jesus of Nazareth, they meet a stranger on the road and ultimately invite him to have supper and spend the evening with them. As the stranger broke bread at the table, his identity is revealed to them, the stranger was Jesus!
But he immediately disappeared from their presence and afterwards they said:
“Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he spoke to us…”
Yes, Jesus, YOU are a fire… and you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love.
In our lives we need just to ask to be in the real presence, and Jesus walks with us. In his presence he brings warmth and light, beauty and wisdom, and is our bread of life, our secret manna.
Pray this Prayer of Spiritual Communion with me today:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.