So there we have it!!
The Eucharist isn’t a topic or subject
The Eucharist is a WHO!!
THIS IS JESUS!!
THIS IS ALSO AN ACTION!!
It is the GREAT SACRIFICE OF JESUS, the Son of God, to the Father in the Power of the Holy Spirit
Let’s get to the nuts and bolts…
Paragraph 1322 says, “The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.”
If you have all three of these sacraments, you are FULLY INITIATED
We participate with the WHOLE COMMUNITY in the Lord’s sacrifice
Because it is ALL OF JESUS BEING OFFERED
Not only Christ the head being offered
Christ’s body being offered
Christ’s body is TRULY TRULY in the Eucharist
Also Christ’s body in the Church
YOU are a member of Christ’s body
When we are fully initiated into the Church, even if we are just simply baptized, we are able to join in offering up that great sacrifice of the Eucharist, of the Son to the Father and the Power of the Holy Spirit
IT IS JUST REMARKABLE!!
Sacrosanctum Concilium in Paragraph 1323 says, “[The Eucharist] is a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.’”
THIS IS JUST INCREDIBLE!!
It is a SACRAMENT OF LOVE
Because on the night before Jesus died what did He do?
Knowing that all was fulfilled and all was taking place, Jesus said, “I have longed to eat this Passover with you,” and He took bread and said, “Take and eat. This is my body given for you.”
Taking the chalice filled with the fruit of the vine, he says, “Take and drink all of you. This is the chalice of my blood. The blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
This is the great sacrifice of God’s LOVE
Not only God’s LOVE FOR US but also God’s LOVE FOR THE FATHER
This is His sacrifice of Himself to the Father FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD
IT IS A SACRAMENT OF LOVE
LOVE BEING POURED OUT
It is also a SIGN OF UNITY
We only can be admitted to the Eucharist if we are IN COMMUNION WITH THE CHURCH
If we step out of communion with the Church, then we are not able to have this sacrament or sign of unity because IT IS A PRECONDITION
A precondition for being able to receive the Eucharist is being in union with your Bishop who is in union with the Holy Father
It is a BOND OF CHARITY
If it’s a sacrament of love, it is also a BOND OF LOVE
The more and more a family eats together, the more and more they have the opportunity to be bound to each other
The more and more they have the opportunity to recognize they are called to actually love the people in their family
That is what we are doing here in the Eucharist as well
It is a PASCHAL BANQUET
The Paschal mystery is the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Fr. Mike is telling a story from his college days so let’s listen…
The Second Vatican Council states that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life
The source of ALL GRACE comes from the great sacrifice of the Son to the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit which is THE EUCHARIST
The SUMMIT of the Christian life…
The GOAL of the Christian life…
The PLACE WE ARE ORIENTED TOWARDS in the Christian life…
IS THE EUCHARIST!!
BECAUSE THE EUCHARIST IS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF!!
THIS IS SO SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT!!
The other sacraments and other ecclesial ministries and works of the apostolate are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented towards it
BECAUSE THE EUCHARIST IS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF!!
The other sacraments are INCREDIBLE
THey are the actions of Christ
They are the works of Christ
You have rebirth in Christ in Baptism
You have confirmation in Christ
You have healing in Christ
You have vocations, matrimony and Holy Orders, in Christ
But the Eucharist is not only a work of Christ
THE EUCHARIST IS CHRIST!!
It is the action of the Son offering Himself to the Father in the Power of the Holy Spirit
It is also IS THE SON who offers Himself to the Father in the Power of the Holy SPirit
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US TO RECOGNIZE AT ALL TIMES!!
As powerful as all the other sacraments are, and as necessary as they are, are ACTIONS OF GOD
THE EUCHARIST IS TRULY TRULY HIM!!
BECAUSE HE SAID SO!!
“Truly, truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life within you.”
What did He say at the Last Supper?
“This IS my body. This IS my blood.”
Paragraph 1326 says, “Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all.”
It was at the very beginning of PILLAR 2: HOW WE WORSHIP when we learned WHO CELEBRATES THE LITURGY?
The first is the WHOLE CHRIST, HEAD AND BODY
Head meaning Jesus Himself
Also all the Saints and Angels in Heaven
So we keep on praying
We keep on walking
We keep on celebrating
We keep on worshiping the Lord God in the Eucharist
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE GIFT!!
Tomorrow we will continue to talk about what the Eucharist is and its place in the economy of salvation
What is it?
How deep does it go in all the way back to the very beginning of God’s creation in his salvation of the world until it reaches us today
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!