Eucharist and Poverty of Spirit, Homily

Ezekiel 2:8 – 3:4

As I read the first reading today from Ezekiel, I couldn’t help but think I was reading a very old description say from the OT of a future reality say from the NT, about the Eucharist. The words, “Open your mouth and eat what I shall give you” engenders a graphic to me of receiving communion.

The words, “Eat what is before you and then go speak to the House of Israel” should remind us to fill ourselves with the strength of the Eucharist before we ever go out and try to spread the good news to others.

Otherwise, we find ourselves speaking from human strength only, rather than the Divine.

Our Gospel today from Matthew, with its reference to becoming like little children, reminds us once again of the call to Poverty of Spirit. He says, “Whoever makes himself lowly, becoming like this child, is of greatest importance in the Heavenly reign.”

So, when we find ourselves wanting to be important, more than we really are, we have our first indication of our heart being filled with Richness of Spirit rather than the Poverty of Spirit to which He calls us all.

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