The Holy Eucharist: Together with Christ
Jesus Christ gives his entire self—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—to us through the Holy Eucharist. In choosing bread to become his body, Christ humbles himself to be present in the tiniest particle of the sacred host. In choosing wine to be his blood, Jesus courses through our entire being. With the Holy Eucharist, we come … The Holy Eucharist: Together with Christ Read More » The post The Holy Eucharist: Together with Christ appeared first on Catholic Stand.
Jesus Christ gives his entire self—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—to us through the Holy Eucharist. In choosing bread to become his body, Christ humbles himself to be present in the tiniest particle of the sacred host. In choosing wine to be his blood, Jesus courses through our entire being. With the Holy Eucharist, we come together with Christ as he nourishes us completely with himself.
At Mass, the Liturgy of the Word prepares us for this great miracle—the Transubstantiation—in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Word draws us close to Jesus—the love of God—who sacrificed himself for our salvation. In the gift of the Holy Eucharist, our Lord demonstrates his absolute love for us.
Through our Lord’s loving goodness, at Mass we are able to offer our simple gifts of bread and wine to become his Body and Blood. As we present our gifts, we offer ourselves—body, mind, heart, and soul—to our Lord to become one with him. We say we make our offerings with humble and contrite hearts.
Strength in Unity
Are we humble and contrite? As the priest washes his hands before offering the sacrifice, are we clean in body, mind, heart, and soul? Do we: follow the 10 Commandments, go to confession, remember to fast for one hour before we receive Holy Communion? Do we empty ourselves to be filled with strength from our Lord?
The Holy Eucharist strengthens our union with Christ, separates us from sin, and commits us to the poor, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Through the Holy Eucharist, our Lord unites us as the body of the Church. We come together with Christ to help one another, especially the poorest among us.
Through the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we commit ourselves to carry out the promises we make during the Liturgy of the Word. Remember what Christ said: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” [Matthew 25:35–36].
Strength in Spirit
With the Holy Eucharist comes the Holy Spirit. When the priest calls upon the Holy Spirit for the Transubstantiation, he calls upon the Spirit for our salvation. Through our communion in his body and blood, Christ also grants us his Spirit, according to Pope St. John Paul II.
Realize this: Christ’s gift of the Holy Eucharist increases the gift of the Holy Spirit within each of us. So precious is this gift that the celebrant follows Christ’s words and actions during the Last Supper. When Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist, our Lord prepared the apostles for his greatest sacrifice.
By giving himself to his apostles, by giving himself to us for our redemption and salvation, Christ’s presence of love, mercy and peace lives within and through all who follow him. Therefore, let us open ourselves to the power of our Lord. May we allow our transformation to take hold as we take part in the Holy Eucharist. Amen.
Author’s note: Next month, we will begin examining the Eucharistic Prayer.