The Sacraments – The Eucharist

The Sacraments – The Eucharist

 

“The Body of Christ”

 

“Amen”

 

Whenever we receive Holy Communion, these words are spoken to us and we reply with the “Amen”.

 

Sometimes I feel that it is at that moment that the Great Amen is truly pronounced in the Mass.

 

I believe that what distinguishes Catholics from all other Christians is The Eucharist.

The belief that we receive The Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We must recognize that at the Last Supper Jesus did NOT say, “This is a piece of bread that represents my body”.

 

Luke tells us,

He took bread and when he had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ … ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood poured out for you'” (Luke 22:19-20)

 

 

The Holy Eucharist is both a sacrifice and a sacrament as pointed out in the Catechism.

A sacrifice because it is that same sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, and a sacrament because through His sacrifice we receive the saving grace of God.

Jesus said,

I am the living bread that has come down from heaven. If anyone eat of this he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus replied to them: “In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day” “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him. ” (John 6: 51- 54, 56)

 

It is good to note here that not once has Jesus said – “the bread the will represent my flesh”

Even some of his own followers left him after he said these words because they could not understand how they could eat of his flesh.

Could we ever fathom leaving Jesus because he is giving his flesh for us to eat?

 

When we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, He is really and truly present in us.

It is for us the Sacrament that bring us closest to our Lord and Saviour because we truly have Him with us.

 

 

I recall once a story being told of priest who observed a woman for years coming to Mass and immediately have receiving Holy Communion would leave the church.

One day as the woman was coming forward the priest called one of the altar servers to bring a candle.

As the woman received Holy Communion she went to exit the church as usual, the priest told the altar server to follow her.

So the altar server followed her out of the church to her car with the lighted candle.

 

When we receive the Eucharist we must realize that we have just received our Lord.

He has come to us, He had given himself for us.

We are following His command doing this in remembrance of Him.

So when we receive the Eucharist let us truly sit with our Lord and remember His Sacrifice so that we may gain the full benefits of this sacrament.

When we adore the sacrament in the Tabernacle let us remember His sacrifice.

During the consecration, when the priest repeats those sacred words of Jesus Christ himself, the night before he died for all our sins, we believe that Jesus is present in the bread and wine.

 

Leo Trese says, “We might say that the Mass is the ‘making’ of the Holy Eucharist and Holy Communion is the receiving of the Holy Eucharist”

 

 

 

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Hilary De Freitas is a wife, mother, engineer and marketer. She is dedicated to helping people build better businesses using the information available to them. Apart from helping people build businesses she runs her own Knights Consulting business as well as being a network marketer. Hilary has been on a faith journey that guided her along her professional life. She shares what she had learned in her faith and how she uses it in her everyday life.

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