Thursday in the Third Week of Easter

Two men were talking about finding the perfect companion in marriage. One said, “I thought I found her. She was beautiful with the most pleasing features, very intelligent and fun, exceptional in every way.”   The other man asked, “What happened? Why didn’t you marry her at once?” He replied, “Well, she was looking for the perfect man.”

The word companion comes from two Latin words, cum + panis, meaning with bread, that is, sharing one’s bread with another. Our most intimate companionship with Jesus is not a mystical union in contemplative prayer, but a sacramental union available to everyone, as easy as eating and drinking the consecrated bread and wine of this Eucharist. And fortunately for us, Jesus is not looking for the perfect companion. He wants to share his life and divinity with all of us.