The Companion we really need.
Companion is a lovely word. Coming from the Latin roots it means ‘with bread’. A companion is a person with whom we share the events of life, especially the ordinary daily events. When this happens over a length of time, even over a life time, we build up a depth of friendship that can have a profound influence in our lives. From such a friend we get comfort (meaning: with strength) and communion (meaning: with union).
This coming Sunday the church celebrates the Feast of the Body and Blood of Our Lord, the feast of the presence of Jesus in the Bread and the Wine of the Eucharist. He comes to us in this way as he desires to be our companion in life, desiring to share with us his divine life and being close to us in all the events of our lives. If Jesus had come with all the grandeur of God, we would not feel that we could come close to him with our joys, concerns and problems. He comes in this humble way that we might open our lives and our hearts to him. As we let him be our ‘companion’ in life, we will find that he offers us comfort and communion, both with God and with others. If the presence of Jesus is unfamiliar to you, you may wonder how you can do this. Simply begin by letting him know your concerns, speak simply from the heart. Then, most likely in the ordinary events of life, Jesus will come – maybe not in the way you expect – but he will come and be a companion to you.
Loving Father, you showed us the depth of your love in the person of Jesus and he continues to show that love in the Eucharist. Send us your Spirit that we may make Jesus the companion of our life. We ask this in his name confident that you will hear us.
Sr Kym Harris osb