Consumed, Not Consuming

The lifetime of appropriation is necessary, because when we receive this Body and Blood, it is not we who are consuming God but God who is consuming us. In the end, it is not we who make the first move, we who first long to desire God. Rather, it is God who desires and thus consumes us in the Eucharist. Our task—and it is the task of a lifetime—is to cultivate the desire for God that God has for us. We can’t let the Eucharistic presence of the Lord become so routine that it dampens our desire for God.

Timothy P. O’Malley, Real Presence: What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter? (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2021), p.101.