This Sunday as we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ we give thanks for the gift of the Eucharist. We remember the First Eucharist instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper. We believe that the ordinary bread and wine brought forward during the Offertory at Mass are transubstantiated (changed in substance) into the Real Presence; the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. In the celebration of and participation in the Sacrament of Holy Communion we consume the body and blood of Christ thereby fulfilling the promise: “Whoever eats my body and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” John 6.54 What a beautiful gift given by Jesus to members of His Church! At times we can become rote in our participation at Mass and may forget the beauty of the gift of the Eucharist and what it means for our salvation and our eternal life with Christ. We must take time to give proper thanks to Jesus for offering himself and being present to us in such a real way.
Take time after receiving the Eucharist to say a prayer of thanksgiving. You need not give great effort to composing a prayer – perhaps a simple thank you and a time of silence after Communion. Here is a beautiful prayer from “The Catholic Devotional”:
Prayer After Holy Communion
Dear Lord, help me to remove from my mind every thought or opinion which You would not sanction, every feeling from my heart which You would not approve.
Grant that I may spend the hours of the day gladly working with You according to Your will.
Help me just for today and be with me in it. In the long hours of work, that I may not grow weary or slack in serving You.
In conversations that they may not be to me occasions of uncharitableness.
In day’s worries and disappointments, that I may be patient with myself and with those around me.
In moments of fatigue and illness, that I may be mindful of theirs rather than of myself.
In temptations, that I may be generous and loyal, so that when the day is over I may lay it all at Your feet, with its successes which are all Yours, and its failures which are my own, and feel that life is real and peaceful and blessed when spent with you as the Guest of my soul. Amen.
Thank you Jesus for the gift of your Body and Blood,
October 17, 2020
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