What Does Jesus Do In The Eucharist?
“What does Jesus Christ do in the Eucharist? It is God who, as our Savior, offers himself each day for us to his Father’s justice. If you are in difficulties and sorrows, he will comfort and relieve you. If you are sick, he will either cure you or give you strength to suffer so as to merit Heaven. If the devil, the world, and the flesh are making war upon you, he will give you the weapons with which to fight, to resist, and to win victory. If you are poor, he will enrich you with all sorts of riches for time and eternity. Let us open the door of his sacred and adorable Heart, and be wrapped about for an instant by the flames of his love, and we shall see what a God who loves us can do. O my God, who shall be able to comprehend?”
— ST. JOHN VIANNEY
What Did Early Christians Believe About The Real Presence In the Eucharist?
We call this food Eucharist, and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true and who has been washed in the washing that is for the remission of sins and for regeneration and is thereby living as Christ enjoined. For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the food that has been made into the Eucharist by the eucharistic prayer set down by him, and by the change of which our blood and flesh is nurtured, is both the flesh and the blood of that incarnated Jesus.
St. Justin Martyr
The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host.
– VENERABLE FULTON SHEEN
Struggling to Believe in the Eucharist?
“… nearly seven-in-ten Catholics (69%) say they personally believe that during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion ‘are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.’ Just one-third of U.S. Catholics (31%) say they believe that ‘during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.’”
So, nearly two-thirds of Catholics do not believe that the bread and wine become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ at Mass. This is important to discuss because this teaching is central to the Catholic Faith.
What should you do, therefore, if you are struggling to believe? There are many things to do, but we would like to offer three starting points.
3 Ways To Grow In Your Belief Of The Eucharist
What If The Eucharist Is Just A Symbol?
5 Tips On How To Receive The Eucharist
The eternal debate: receive the Eucharist on the tongue or in the hands?
5 Points To Keep In Mind When Receiving The Eucharist
1.Receive the Eucharist in a state of grace
2. Observe the 1 hour eucharistic fast
3. Arrive at Mass a few minutes early
4. Make an act of reverence before receiving the Eucharist
5. Make a prayer of thanksgiving after Mass
Communion Meditation: “You’re Worth Dying For Right Now”
Today’s video invites us to reflect on an important and often forgotten about moment during Mass – the after Communion Meditation. Too often we may return to our pew after receiving Communion and sit and think. We may make a short prayer, the choir launches into a hymn and the moment is lost. Perhaps it is difficult if we have young children with us, who are understandably restless and need our attention. Perhaps we simply don’t know what to pray in this moment, though we understand it is an important time.
You’re Worth Dying For – Fr. Mike Schmitz
Heady stuff. That’s why it is sometimes difficult to go back to your pew, after receiving something that looks like bread, tastes like bread, but isn’t bread, and say a prayer fitting to what is going on in the moment.