Today, we as a family of God recall that moment in time when Jesus, with his words and actions, would give us himself in the Eucharist. It was there at the Last Supper when he shared for the first time his very Body and Blood with those who believed in him. Although the disciples would have no way of knowing how important these actions of Jesus would be to future Christians, what they experienced was a gift to all of humanity. Jesus was about to be crucified, he knew what his Father was asking of him and still, he had lessons to teach. But then all that Jesus did, everything about the way he lived and taught including the words he said were given to him by his Father, our Creator. In his own words he taught us that he and his Father were one.
As a People of God we celebrate the gift of the Eucharist today and every time we attend and participate in the Mass. Once again Jesus comes to us with his whole being and we, approaching the altar for that great gift, become what we eat; the Body of Christ.
Think about how we as a people speak and move together when we attend a Mass. We gather and greet one another with a Gathering Song, we listen to the prayer of the priest who then invites us to reconcile ourselves to God as we pray, “I confess to almighty God . . .” and together we ask for God’s mercy to be upon us. Then we sing the Gloria, a song of great joy as we worship the one true God. We listen to the Word of God and the instruction from the priest, we offer our gifts, “work of human hands” and then after praying to Our Father, we reconcile ourselves to others with a sign of peace. NOW we are ready to walk as one Body of Christ to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. This Mass, the ultimate prayer of thanksgiving to God, is filled with rich meaning and is a beautiful expression of our shared faith which prepares us to go out and serve the world.
The Eucharist is the ultimate food that feeds not only our bodies, but our souls. In the Eucharist we become one with Jesus and we draw strength for the journey of life that lies ahead for each of us. The Eucharist is the food that will sustain us; it is truly a
sustainable energy that allows us to remain close to Jesus and to live a life of faith in him. Let us today and each time we receive the Eucharist thank God for the gift of the Body of Christ, that of which we partake and that of which we are.
In thanksgiving, let us truly celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
In shared faith,
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC