August 11, 2019 – Ruminations by Fr. Pat

   The last two weeks we explored a little bit on the Sacraments of Initiation, namely, Baptism and Confirmation. For this week let us look at the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the third Sacrament of Initiation. Please keep in mind that many, many, pages could be written. There is so much Theology that can be used and talked about. My purpose is to keep things simple and to talk about only a couple of points.

    These three Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are God’s Gifts to us, to help us become closer with Him. This Life begins in Baptism, when we are joined to Christ and are made sons and daughters of the Father. It is strengthened by the outpouring of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

    In the Eucharist, by eating His Body and Blood, we become even more united to the Lord. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (John 6:56).  By being in Communion with Jesus through the Holy Spirit living in us, we are made part of the Relationship of the love between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    Remember, that by participating in Mass, we are participating in the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. Mass is not merely “watching” what is going on; it is being part and parcel and integral to the Original Event. Jesus, outside of time and space, allows us to participate in those events. It is not just the history of the Past; it is the Presence of God in the here and now.

    There are different words used when we talk of this Sacrament. We use Communion because we Become One with the Trinity and with one another. We use the term Eucharist, because we give Thanksgiving to the Trinity. We use The Lord’s Supper, because of its Connection With The Supper which the Lord took with his disciples on the eve of his Passion and because it anticipates the wedding feast of the Lamb in the heavenly Jerusalem. We use The Breaking of Bread, because By This Action His Disciples Will Recognize Him After His Resurrection.  It is in this expression that the first Christians will use to designate their Eucharistic assemblies; by doing so they signified that all who eat the one broken bread, Christ, enter into communion with him and form but one body in him.

    When you think of the Eucharist, what is it that you think of? Do you think of the Eucharist as an object, and not the Real Presence of Jesus? Do you think of the Eucharist as a type of Vitamin, instead of a connection with the Living God? Do you think the Eucharist as being only an individualistic ritual, instead of being part of the whole (Christian Family)?



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