Jan 4, 2018

Epiphany of The Lord

Faithful Reflections
“What Is the Eucharist?”
by Art Blumberg
St. Margaret Mary Parishioner

What is the Eucharist? And why do we make such a fuss about it?

Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the true body and blood of the risen and glorified Christ. The Eucharist is thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. The Eucharist is a meal, the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his body. Finally, the Eucharist is the physical presence of Christ manifested through the Holy Spirit.

But what does all this mean in our day-to-day lives?

When we receive the Eucharist, we should remember that we are literally consuming Christ. And this means we have a portion of God within us. We are, to use a fancy word, divinized. Through the Eucharist, we should be drawn closer to God and to each other.

The Eucharist, if we receive it with open hearts and open minds, changes us, calls upon us to treat all people as brothers and sisters, just as Jesus did. When we take part in the Eucharist, we can bring the Christ that lives within us out of the church, making Christ known to the world in what we say and what we do. St. Francis of Assisi is reputed to have said, “Always preach the gospel. When necessary, use words.” Whether he said that or not, the message endures - without our actions, we are not being true to the Eucharist or to Christ.

The Eucharist is food for the soul, giving us spiritual strength, renewing and refreshing us. We want to let it work within ourselves and among ourselves. But it’s important to remember that the Eucharist is not magic; its effects do not happen overnight. Rather, we are engaged in the work of a lifetime And we carry out our work together, in communion, always supporting and helping each other.

That’s what the Eucharist can mean in our day-to-day lives.

That’s why we make such a fuss about it.

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