Since I have begun working at a parish, it’s been my great joy to attend Holy Mass more on a daily basis. I admit, I don’t go everyday, but I do go at least three times a week. Being able to receive Jesus Christ – body, blood, soul, and divinity is a immense gift that I feel I will never be able to repay. The supernatural grace that comes from receiving Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist is immeasurable. It’s so hard to fathom what Jesus gave us at the Last Supper and on the Cross. I have found a new appreciation for receiving the Holy Eucharist. Even though I have a Masters in Theology and understand THE Sacrament of all sacraments, it’s still difficult to comprehend the immense blessings and grace one receives from His precious body and blood.
Blessed John Paul II said in his last encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, “The Eucharist thus appears as the culmination of all the sacraments in perfecting our communion with God the Father by identification with his only-begotten Son through the working of the Holy Spirit. With discerning faith a distinguished writer of the Byzantine tradition voiced this truth: in the Eucharist “unlike any other sacrament, the mystery [of communion] is so perfect that it brings us to the heights of every good thing: here is the ultimate goal of every human desire, because here we attain God and God joins himself to us in the most perfect union”. Precisely for this reason it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist.”
For us as Catholics, we just don’t have Mass on Sundays, but we have Mass each day of the week. Not only do we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, but at every Mass our venial sins are forgiven when we recite the Confeitor. Woah! What blessings we can receive when going to the Holy and Divine Liturgy.
Are you ready to get fired up about The Catholic Mass? Are you ready to jump into the car or ride your bike to get to Mass? Watch the video below and the two questions above will be answered with an astounding – YES!!