“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist”, comes from the Introduction of Ecclesia de Eucharistia written by the soon-to-be Saint, Blessed John Paul. He continues by saying,
“This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope.
The Second Vatican Council rightly proclaimed that the Eucharistic sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our passover and living bread. Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men.” Consequently the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the full manifestation of his boundless love.”
Being able to begin my new job as the Director of Adult Evangelization and Catechesis at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church each day with Daily Mass is a great blessing. It focuses me on where my attention needs to be all day long – on the Person of Jesus Christ in the Most Precious and Holy Sacrament of the Altar. The Holy Eucharist gives me the necessary supernatural grace I need to endure the every day human trials. When we receive the Eucharist, each of one us is sanctified by Jesus Christ – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
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