Praise be Jesus Christ!
The word of God teaches us that when we receive our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, we must receive Him with a clean heart.
And we know of course that we can’t make our hearts clean on our own.
Only the Lord Jesus can purify our hearts, can give us new hearts, clean hearts.
In John chapter 13 at the Last Supper when Jesus wanted to wash Peter’s feet, Peter resisted and our Lord Jesus said to Peter, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
We need to be in a state of grace when we receive our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
The Lord makes us new through baptism.
And then we struggle sometimes, we fall, and so we can go to Confession, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, confess our sins and the Lord forgives us.
He makes our hearts clean and pure once again and He restores us into a state of grace.
As Catholics, we need to be striving to live holy lives according to the Word of God.
And that’s why it grieves me so much that still we don’t have clarity given to us by the bishops on the issue of so-called devout Catholic politicians who are unapologetically, aggressively, actively promoting all kinds of the most awful things that totally go against God’s Word.
They’re promoting and expanding these awful things unapologetically, and yet still presenting themselves to receive the Holy Eucharist.
You know it’s interesting, in Saint Faustina’s diary, the Lord Jesus said it pains Him when some people approach to receive the Holy Eucharist if they’re not in the right state.
This is the living, beating heart of Jesus – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – in the Holy Eucharist.
Holiness befits the Lord Jesus.
Yes, we can’t be holy on our own.
We’re all sinners.
But we can go to Confession, and if our sin is public causing scandal, we must make it clear to the world that we’ve changed our ways.
And if we don’t, guess what that’s called?
Receiving the Holy Eucharist in a state of serious sin?
You know what that’s called – it’s called sacrilege.
And what do you want?
Do you want us to spend another year watching this take place?
Do you know what that feels like for the heart of a devout Catholic who has a deep love for the Eucharistic Lord Jesus, for the heart of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist?
Now I’m all about being pastoral, taking our time making sure we address this in the proper way, in a way that’s careful. I’m all for that.
But are we going to have to wait another year watch this go on for another year?
It’s wrong! It’s wrong!
It grieves the hearts of devout Catholics who love the Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
And it’s showing a lack of leadership.
I don’t need to read documents to understand the reality of the Holy Eucharist.
So many saints, so many mystics, have written about the Holy Eucharist.
We understand the Holy Eucharist.
We understand that the heart of Jesus is grieved, is pained, when we don’t give the Lord Jesus proper care proper love, especially by approaching Him with a clean heart.
And again only the Lord Jesus can give us a clean heart, but we must let him wash us.
Viva Cristo Rey!
TAKE ACTION: Contact your bishop and demand that he end this scandal.
Jesus forgive me for being a weak bishop & failing to speak more boldly & lovingly to President Biden who promotes the slaughter of unborn children & still receives the Body of Christ in Communion. Jesus give me the grace to speak boldly against the sacrilege he is committing.
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) November 23, 2021