Our Church teaches the Eucharist as “the source and summit” of all we do as a Catholic Church. It is the very heart that pumps and feeds and gives life to its members. The Eucharist indeed sustains us – it becomes for us the energy that inspires us, allowing us to grow ever-closer to God and to live as disciples of Christ. The word Eucharist comes from both Latin and Greek and means “thanksgiving” or “to give thanks for benefits received.” The word Eucharist is used and understood in differing ways within our Church:
· The Eucharist is the Blessed Sacrament – ordinary bread, consecrated and made holy through the prayers and actions of our priests in union with the Holy Spirit. Ordinary bread becomes extraordinary bread at Mass.
· This bread is the “bread of heaven,” the bread that Jesus spoke of, not like the bread that our ancestors ate and then died – but the bread given by Jesus, his own precious Body and Blood which provides for all who eat of it Eternal Life.
· The Eucharist is the Mass - Think for a moment about the Last Supper – Jesus gathers at table with friends, followers, believers who were expecting to share the Jewish Passover meal with Him. Little did they know that Jesus was about to change everything. Jesus would offer himself fully for us – he would become the lamb that was slain – he would become the ultimate sacrifice – and there on that night before his crucifixion, Jesus gifted humanity with his own body and blood: the ultimate act of mercy that would ensure for all the possibility of eternal life with his Father. Today, as a Catholic people we come together and celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Here we gather as members of God’s family, brought together by our baptism to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. The Holy Mass is the Eucharist – the words are used interchangeably by the People of God.
The Eucharist is what gives us the strength, the courage and the stamina to continue to strive to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. To know that Christ is with us – truly a part of our very being – calls us to be a better person and provides for us a sustainable energy. Knowing Jesus resides within our own body, raises our responsibility to live in love with all of God’s people. So on this Sunday as we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, let us give thanks abundantly for the food that feeds and sustains our soul; the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist!
With abundant gratitude,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC