Thank you all for your patience and graciousness regarding last week’s post. We had a lovely vacation and are now back at home in the thick of moving preparations. I haven’t edited this week’s video as I type this, but I hope it’s mostly coherent as I don’t have time to re-record it. This was the first time filming with all 6 kids home, so you can imagine how not alone I was (and if you can’t double check the feature image at the top of this post. That was not a staged photo).
This week the Church highlights the critical gift of the Eucharist. The Vatican II document Lumen gentium calls the Eucharist the source and summit of the Christian life (no.11). Based on today’s Gospel, it is not a stretch to say that Jesus intends this free gift of communion with His own self to be the source and summit of every moment of our life.
These are nice words, and nice words are all they will be if we don’t stop and think critically about how we are applying them to our life.
Source: a place, person, or thing from which something comes or can be obtained.
The Church teaches that the Eucharist is a source, and a source is a place where we obtain something. What do we obtain from the Eucharist? The YouCat (a fabulous resource!) states:
When we eat the broken Bread, we unite ourselves with the love of Jesus, who gave his body for us on the wood of the Cross; when we drink from the chalice, we unite ourselves with him who even poured out his blood out of love for us.YouCat no. 208
We receive Jesus. We receive God. St John Vianney said:
It’s amazing. The Eucharist isn’t just a memory of a meal long ago, but the actual, real presence of Jesus Christ in the form of bread and wine.
The Eucharist is also the summit of the Christian life. The highest point of union with God is in that moment when we receive Him in the Eucharist. This mystery is core to our Catholic belief. The YouCat is full of amazing quotes, so I’ve got a few more for you.
“Not going to Communion is like someone dying of thirst beside a spring” – St. John Vianney
“In the Holy Eucharist we become one with God like food with the body” – St. Francis de Sales
“It was as though I heard a voice from on high: I am the food of the strong; eat then of me and grow. But you will not transform me into yourself like food for the body, but rather you will be transformed into me” – St. Augustine
And finally, the quote I will leave you with for this week to ponder as you prepare for Mass:
“Your life must be woven around the Eucharist. Direct your eyes to Him, who is the Light; bring your hearts very close to His Divine Heart; ask Him for the grace to know Him, for the charity to love Him, for the courage to serve Him. Seek Him longingly.” – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta