Illness is a good reason to see a doctor and ask for help. Obviously, you don’t see a doctor if you show no signs of illness or weakness. Following the same logic, many people do not feel the need to go to the altar and receive the healing medicine, either in the form of bread and wine or as spiritual communion.* You might perhaps think: Why should I receive any medicine when I am not sick? Or why should I go to the Act of Consecration of Man? Why should I be consecrated? There is nothing wrong with me!
As long as we look with earthly concepts at earthly human beings, there is indeed nothing wrong. We can only be grateful when we are not sick or weak, blind or deaf. But for the spiritual world we are sick, blind and deaf. We have no eyes to see and no ears to hear. In our daily life we even act as if there exists no spiritual world!
In the Act of Consecration we become conscious of our heavenly helpers. Without them we would have no existence, no life, no consciousness. That is why at the altar sound the words:
He moves in us through all existence.
Our life is His creating life.
Our beholding be drenched with His spirit light.
Only by looking up to the world above us do we begin to realize what we are lacking, no matter how healthy we are. In the awareness of our human shortcomings we become beggars for the spirit and ask the Savior to heal us of our blindness, our deafness, our weakness. When we receive the healing medicine He can speak the redeeming word:
Ephphatha – Be opened!
Because of the Act of Consecration we begin to lead a listening life. We begin to understand the signs of the Lord of Destiny, so that our life becomes more and more a reflection of His creating life.
–Rev. Bastiaan Baan, August 30, 2020
* In classical theology a distinction is made between sacramental and spiritual communion (communio sacramentalis and communio spiritualis). St. Francis of Sales wrote: “When you cannot actually participate in the Eucharist, then at least do it in your heart and spirit by uniting yourself in ardent longing with the life-giving body of the Savior.”