Eucharist: So that our whole life may become Eucharist
Our life context
Our life context sets the stage for our spiritual life. This context cannot be ignored. We learn to view it through the prism of the Eucharist and its values.
"We want to be united with the same spirit of love
which impelled Jesus to give himself as food,
to seal the new covenant in his blood
for the glory of the Father and the life of the world. "
-Rule of Life no.2
What are the outstanding characteristics of the world and the church today? How can the values of the Eucharist make a difference in this world, in this church?
Eucharist teaches us:
- Union with God and each other
The following excerpts on the Eucharist taken from the Catholic Catechism introduce us to the beauty of this Mystery:
"At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection; a Sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace and a pledge of future glory is given to us'" CCC 1323
"The inexhaustible richness of this sacrament is expressed in the different names we give it. Each name evokes certain aspects of it. It is called: Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, the Breaking of Bread, the Eucharistic Assembly, the Memorial, the Holy Sacrifice, the Holy and Divine Liturgy, Holy Communion, Holy Mass." CCC 1328 - 1330.
"The Lord having loved those who were his own, loved them to the end. Knowing that the hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father, in the course of a meal he washed their feet and gave them the commandment of love. In order to leave them a pledge of his love, in order never to depart from his own and to make them sharers in his Passover, he instituted the Eucharist as the memorial of his death and Resurrection and commanded his apostles to celebrate it until his return." CCC 1337