Eucharist

Just as natural food is crucial for the functioning of our human body, so is supernatural food vital for the functioning of our spiritual self – our soul. Jesus Christ knows this, and so gives us a great gift we call The Eucharist, which means Thanksgiving. Our Lord gives us his very body and blood, soul and divinity in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Ordinary bread and wine become, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the extraordinary body and blood of Jesus. This is not magic; it is mystery.

We as Roman Catholics believe in the Real Presence. The Eucharist is not just symbolic, but is Christ himself present in sacramental form, made present by the action of the priest at the altar and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord instituted this Sacrament at the Last Supper.

Although Mass is celebrated every day, it is the Sunday Eucharist at which the entire community gathers. Sunday is the day we respond to our baptismal call to worship God together in the dignity of our common priesthood; to hear the Word of God proclaimed together and to be sent out to act on it prophetically in our everyday lives; and, through receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, to pledge our lives in service to all, as God’s kingly people.

The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, his Paschal Mystery, his work of salvation accomplished mainly through his Passion, death, Resurrection, and Ascension. In the Eucharist this work is made present for us so that we might enter into it.

Through this Sacrament, we become more closely united to Christ and we are strengthened for our life as his disciples. Christ becomes one with us so that we can become one with him, so that we can become him, as the Body of Christ in the world.

Our faith life here at St. Rene Goupil is anchored in the Eucharist, especially the Sunday Eucharist. As the documents of the Second Vatican Council remind us; the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. Everyone comes forth from, and returns to, the Eucharist. All of our vibrant ministries find their origin in our hearts and minds being raised to God in worship as a faith community.

The Eucharist commits us to live for Christ and for his people, and therefore to serve those who are poor; not just materially but those who are in need of a friend or some help. Because in the Eucharist, we receive Christ himself within us, we also share in his dying and rising, his love, and his compassion. When we share in the Body and Blood of Christ, we share in the Love that gave itself for all. If Christ gave his life for us, surely, for the sake of love, we too can give our lives for others.

 

 

 

Eucharist

The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. (CCC 1324)