Here’s a very moving quote from Jesus to a saintly nun, Sr Josefa Menendez. It might seem incredible that - it’s actually a quote from Jesus to someone, but she had many visions of Him and wrote what He said under obedience to her superiors. I think that while it doesn’t describe what it’s like to receive Communion from our point of view, it shows what Jesus is like there, so it can help to understand more about Communion. So if we imagine what it’s like to be united with Someone like this, that brings us closer to imagining Communion, though - I don’t think my imagination really did it justice before there’s this idea that God actually longs to show us His love and for us to be united to Him, and this is seen in a great way in Communion. It reminds me also of how love is a self gift.
"It is love for souls that keeps Me a Prisoner in the Blessed Sacrament. I stay there that all may come and find the comfort they need in the tenderest of Hearts, the best of Fathers, the most faithful friends, who will never abandon them.
The Holy Eucharist is the invention of Love…Yet how few souls correspond to that love which spends and consumes itself for them!
I live in the midst of sinners that I may be their life, their physician, and the remedy of the diseases bred by corrupt nature. And in return they forsake, insult and despise Me!..
Poor pitiable sinners, do not turn away from Me…Day and night I am on the watch for you in the tabernacle. I will not reproach you…I will not cast your sins in your face…But I will wash them in My Blood and in My wounds. No need to be afraid…come to Me…If you but knew how dearly I love you."
And you, dear souls, why this coldness and indifference on your part?..Do I not know that family cares…household concerns…and the requirements of your position in life…make continual calls upon you? But cannot you spare a few minutes in which to come and prove your affection and your gratitude? Do not allow yourselves to be involved in useless and incessant cares, but spare a few moments to visit and receive this Prisoner of love!..
Were you weak or ill in body surely you would find time to see a doctor who would cure you? …Come, then, to One who is able to give both strength and health to your soul, and bestow the alms of love on this Divine Prisoner who watches for you, calls for you, and longs to see you at His side. When about to institute the Blessed Sacrament, these were My feelings , do not forget that My Heart loves you…and, do you love Me?..
(From the book: **“The Way Of Divine Love”; **Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur)
and similarly, Jesus said to Gabrielle Bossis (a Catholic lay woman who lived last century)
“In the Host My heart is beating as it did on earth, as it does in heaven. There are not many hearts of Christ. There is only one. Believe without the shadow of a doubt in My Presence here before you and comfort Me by bringing your heart close to Mine. Look how alone I am and this empty church. I knew it would be like this. And yet I instituted the Eucharist. I would feed even a single soul. Speak with the Host as with your most gentle and intimate friend. The Host is listening to you, and you may be sure that you are most dearly loved…”
(He and I, Imprimatur).