The EUCHARIST: Life and Summit of Divine Mercy Sunday
The Eucharist is alive. If a stranger was to come and watch us receive the Eucharist, would the stranger know that? Our Lord told Faustina,
“Oh how painful it is to Me that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in Holy Communion. I wait for souls and they are indifferent toward Me. I love them tenderly and sincerely and they distrust Me. I want to lavish my graces on them and they do not want to accept them. They treat Me as a dead object where as My heart is full of love and mercy.” (Diary 1447)
Christ in the Eucharist
The church teaches that the Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ, and that means the entire God Head, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Together and always the church says we are to reverence unity in the trinity and trinity in the unity.
What do we think when the Mass begins? Jesus checks His watch and says, “See you Dad, see you Holy Spirit, see you Mom. I have to get to Mass for the sacrifice now. I have to get in the Eucharist.” Isn’t this silly? The church teaches Christ is present both in the Eucharist and in Heaven at the same time.
Saint Faustina writes, “Once after Holy Communion, I heard these words: ‘You are our dwelling place.’ At that moment, I felt the presence of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. I was the temple of God, child of the Father. I cannot explain all this but my spirit understands all this. I knew more distinctly than ever that the divine persons; the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are one. My soul is in communion with These Three.” (Diary 451) So when we enter into communion, we enter into the full Trinity.
There is only one Mass
There is only one liturgy. Christ is the only high priest and all other priests share in the priesthood of Christ. The laity, in a different way, share in the one priesthood of Christ, but Christ is always the high priest.
Christ is eternally in heaven interceding at the right hand of the Father, worshiped by all the angels and saints. Only in eternity will we understand how awesome the Mass really is.
Doing more than just receiving Communion
We need to do something more than just receive Communion. We must become Communion. We must enter into Communion with God. When we receive, we live in Him and He lives in us. “Anyone who eats My flesh and drinks My blood, remains in Me and I in him.” (John: 6:56)
How do we enter into Communion?
There are two kinds of eating: The first is sacramental eating. When we are receiving this sacrament we receive with belief that this is truly the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ.
The second is spiritual eating. Spiritual eating is where we do something. We actively unite ourselves with Christ. The two should happen at the same time.
There is no limit to how many times a day we can spiritually receive Communion
There is sacramental communion and there is spiritual communion, and if you can’t receive Our Lord sacramentally every day, then you can receive Him spiritually. In spiritual communion you unite with Him with a desire to receive Him sacramentally. If you have such a desire and a longing to receive communion and you can’t because of some circumstance, Christ honors this desire and the grace can be as great.
Let’s say person A goes to Mass, receives communion, leaves instantly after communion to go watch Sunday football. Where is this man’s heart? Let’s take person B. Let’s say person B has cancer and cannot go to Mass, but desires very much to receive Our Lord spiritually in communion. Who do you think receives more graces? Person A will receive graces but not as much as person B
We too are received into His heart
“He who eats my flesh abides in me and I in Him.” (John 6:55, 56)
Now we enter into His heart, His home, His heavenly kingdom. Since Christ is not alone, we are received into the Father-Son-Holy Spirit and the whole heavenly kingdom. All the saints and angels are present when you receive Christ in the Eucharist body, blood, soul and divinity. If you die in a state of grace, you are united with Christ in heaven. This is the heavenly liturgy given to us. When you die, you are going to be with Christ. This is a promise of Our Lord.
When St. Teresa received her first Communion she cried, she realized that her mother was present during her Communion. When we enter into Communion, we are joining with all the saints.
We are supposed to become what we eat
The function of the Eucharist is that we are supposed to become another Christ. We are supposed to be transformed. With every Holy Communion, we become more and more like Christ.
St. Paul says, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me.”
The Eucharist is supposed to be fuel for a new way of life, a new type of living separate of this world. Communion isn’t the end. We now become missionaries for Christ. We go out and become Christ to all. Our attitude towards the Eucharist will determine our evangelization to others in the world. It is not enough to discover Christ in the Eucharist. You must bring Him to others. The world is one big mission land.