In praying the Hail Holy Queen, we ask Mary to pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. At this morning's Mass, I felt strongly that we should pray for all to be made worthy of receiving the Lord in the Holy Eucharist. It saddens me a great deal to see people receiving this most holy sacrament so casually.
I believe that most Catholics know that the Holy Communion is the true body and blood of Jesus. Whether they really believe in it is another matter. I don't see too many people spending time preparing themselves before receiving the Eucharist. Mind you, this is comparable to meeting the Lord in person! Why the incessant talking about mundane things on their way to church and even after entering it? Do they go up for Communion just because everyone else is going up?
I am not sure how much the children learn in their preparation classes for receiving first Communion either, because sometimes I don't see any reverence shown. People just don't stay behind to pray after Mass much anymore. They want to dash home to watch some game on TV or do their shopping.
Going to church, receiving Communion,... all seem to be so mechanically done with no great meaning to the participants. This is disturbing. Does "Many are called, but few are chosen" apply here? Receiving Communion is serious business. That's why not taking it seriously is just as serious. If we truly love God, we must start with reverencing, adoring, and worshiping the Holy Eucharist. It's a prerequisite.