Eucharist: You are what you eat, part two

Eucharist means “Thanksgiving.” Each time we participate in the Eucharist, we are invited to show our thankfulness to God by responding with our lives. When the Eucharist gives someone the strength to live his or her life in a remarkable way, the rest of us are moved to a better understanding of how the Eucharist can transform us.

Writing in U.S. Catholic on the question of “When do the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ?”, Father James Field says: “There is a . . . more personal question. At what point do we become the Body and Blood of Christ? The bread and wine is not consecrated for its own sake, after all, but for the good of the church and for the world.”

Andrea, mother of a college student and a high school freshman, feels this challenge of the Eucharist in each encounter. “We are called to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus in our world today,” she says. “The Eucharist must lead to action. This is how I believe the power of the Eucharist becomes tangible and can transform our world.”

The Eucharist and our community. Catholics believe we experience the Real Presence of Christ in many ways: in the sacraments, in the person of the priest at Mass, in the Word of God at Mass, in the consecrated Body and Blood, and in the community gathered for the Eucharist. “To me one of the best things about being a eucharistic minister is seeing all the people coming up for Communion,” says Marianne, mother of two. “I think of Christ being present in all these people and I feel privileged to give out Communion to them.”

by Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2010 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.

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