John 6:56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.

From losing my parents and dear friends to a career failure, I have had my heart broken many times. During those periods, I have often struggled to find God’s peace, the peace that passes all understanding. I’ve also had a hard time achieving what the country songwriting duo Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes called a “satisfied mind.”

When we feel unsatisfied—empty or bereft or left out or marginalized (and at some point, we all feel this way), Jesus has a gentle suggestion for us. Come to the table, he says. Come and eat. Come and drink. Let me live inside your failing heart. Let me bring my light to dispel the darkness enveloping your soul.

Because Holy Eucharist is one of God’s mysterious graces, I can’t explain its power. But maybe understanding it isn’t the point. Maybe what’s most important is to simply let Jesus come and abide in us, to heal us from within, to find the source of that deep, holy communion. There is powerful serenity—and satisfied mind—when Jesus abides in you. 

MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time your heart and mind felt truly satisfied?