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Apr 13, 2023 911 Nisha Peters
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What No Eye Has Seen…

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

The first time I noticed Anne was in church during Holy Mass. On weekdays, I attend Mass in a small chapel with only two rows of seats. You see the same few people every day, so you become familiar with everyone.  Anne seemed to occasionally have tremors. At first, I assumed she had Parkinson’s disease. However, after closer observation, I noticed she only had this issue when receiving Holy Communion. Her body, especially her hands, would shake as she accepted the host from the priest. The trembling would continue for a few minutes.

One day, I decided to ask Anne about her reaction during Communion. Anne graciously explained this unusual gift. Her tremors were not related to any sort of medical condition, although many people assumed that was the case. She was slightly embarrassed by her body’s reaction, because it brought unwanted attention to her. This phenomenon started several years ago when she suddenly recognized the magnitude of what it meant to receive the body of Christ. Jesus, the Son of God, had become a human being for our sake. Full of grace and truth, He lived among us. He died sacrificially for our sins. After this moment of awareness, Anne says her body involuntarily trembles every time she accepts Communion. Anne’s reverence for the Eucharist gave me a new appreciation for this Sacrament.

Saint Augustine described a Sacrament as an ‘outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace’. How often do we recognize the signs of grace? When we reduce the sacraments to mere rituals, we miss out on the awareness of God’s loving presence. Sacred realities can only be appreciated by those who are attentive.

Lord Jesus, I pray that You would give me a deep reverence for all that is sacred. Let me embody Christ in all that I am and all that I do. Mold me into a living sacrament–an outward and visible sign of your inward and invisible grace. Amen.

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Nisha Peters

Nisha Peters serves in the Shalom Tidings’ Editorial Council and also writes her daily devotional, Spiritual Fitness, at susannapeters.substack.com

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