In writing this next post in my series on the Sacraments, I wanted to do some research on Holy Communion.
I was looking at another article written on this site about the Miracle that takes place within the Mass. While reading this article, I came across a sentence that really stuck out at me. This sentence was “But we forget that the most authentic of all miracles is—as a matter of fact—the Holy Eucharist.”
The Holy Eucharist is a miracle because we receive Jesus in us through the form of Bread and Wine. Bread and Wine of course is the representation of Jesus’ Body and Blood. I remember a saying once from a priest who said at Mass during a homily that when we receive Jesus, we are living tabernacles.
Back to the sentence that I read in the other post — I have to agree with Jared who wrote the article on the Miracle that takes place within the Mass. The reason I agree is because there are a lot of people who will choose to attend Mass or will choose not to attend Mass, and still won’t recognize the fact that a true Miracle is present within this Sacrament. I am not saying everyone is like this, but reality is that there are people who don’t recognize the Miracle.
The miracle of meeting our Lord and receiving Him through the body and blood is an amazing experience to take part of. I encourage everyone to take part in this experience, whether it is for the first time or if you haven’t been in a long time.
As a Roman Catholic, I love all the sacraments, but for me, The Sacrament of Holy Communion is one that gets me really excited because it is a major part of my life and faith. It gives me a chance to meet with our Lord one on one. There are many ways we can meet with the Lord one on one, but Holy Communion should be one of the main ways a person should do so.
I don’t remember much about when I first received the Sacrament for the first time. However, I do remember receiving Jesus, the tuxedo I wore, and sitting with my friends at my parish during the liturgy. Being young at the time, I was probably not able to stay in one spot very long.
Over the years, I have received Holy Communion many times, and have learned to focus my attention on Jesus during this special time between Jesus and me. While thinking about focusing on Jesus, I also started thinking about one thing that bothers me. The one thing that bothers me is how people leave right after receiving Communion, not waiting until the Mass is over. I will be the first to admit that I have done this at different times throughout the years. I am not perfect, but I have gotten better at staying for the entire Mass. I realize that I don’t need to be in a rush to catch the bus or to do whatever needs to get done after Mass. Those ‘other things’ will eventually get done. The Holy Mass, especially receiving Jesus, is not to be rushed and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
When we receive Jesus through Holy Communion, whether it be bread or under both species, let us remember that we are living tabernacles. We are called to bring Christ to others in our daily lives, whether it is through word or action.
I encourage you the next time you attend Holy Mass, to invite a friend and give them an opportunity to learn about the Sacrament and the wonderful liturgy. You never know, it just might be the thing they need to strengthen their faith journey, whether they are Roman Catholic or not. We as Roman Catholics are always open and ready to welcome people home.
The Eucharist is a major part of our lives and should remain that way. My advice is, attend Mass! It will change your life. Trust me; I know firsthand of the power of the Eucharist. I know others will also be able to tell you their experiences of how receiving Jesus through the Holy Eucharist has worked in their lives.
You will notice that I chose an image of the bread being broken, and how the light is shining through. The reason I chose this picture is because it is through the Eucharist that Christ pours our His love to us. Through us, we bring Him to others through our word and action, and are a light in the darkness.
In Closing, I would like to leave you all with a quote from Pope Benedict XVI from when he met with members of the Roman clergy on March 2nd, 2006.
“Receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him who we receive. Only in this way do we become one with Him, and are given, as it were, a foretaste of the beauty of the heavenly liturgy. The act of adoration outside of Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself.”