You become a Tabernacle when you receive Holy Communion?a holy dwelling place for the presence of God.  You also become like Mary: Just as Mary carried Jesus in her womb for nine months, you carry the Body and Blood of Jesus sacramentally within your soul in those moments after receiving the Eucharist.

So when we sit down after Communion, this is not the time to look around and see who is at Mass or to develop your “parking lot exit strategy.” This is the most intimate time we have with God. Edward Sri reflects on this mystery and offers three things we can do to make the most of this sacred time with Our Lord.