The Church and the Eucharist

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Prov.9:1-6/Ps.33:3-3,10-15/Eph.5:15-20/Jn.6:51-58


The Church and the Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist is indispensable and imperative for intimate knowledge and authentic relationship with God through Christ Jesus. St. Paul tells us Christ is the power and wisdom of God (1Cor.1:24). Besides, Christ is the fullness of God's salvation. In him, God made our lives complete (Col.2:9-10). In Christ Jesus, God established the new and everlasting covenant with us in his blood (Matt.26:26). He gave us his body as real food and his blood as a real drink as aids to our justification, resurrection and glorification (Jn.6:51-58).


Christ is our only hope of salvation (Rom.8:24-30). The Eucharist is the closest and most intimate relationship a person can have with the divine presence, to consume, internalise and assimilate the nature and substance of Christ. In other words, in the Eucharist, we have access to the body, blood, soul, spirit, divinity, power and wisdom of God. The Eucharist is God pledge to us that if we live wisely, we shall never taste the second death.


Understanding the Eucharist at that level prompts us to live lives worthy of our Christian calling, to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matt.5:48). St. Paul points out the opposite, which would lead to self-destruction. If we receive the Holy Eucharist unworthily and without acknowledging it is the Body, soul and divinity of Christ, we are ridiculing the wisdom and power of God much to our condemnation (1 Cor.11:28-32).


My friends, the body, soul, divinity of Christ and the power and wisdom of God is free. Together in Christ, they are the source and summit of all our Christian activities and salvation. I urge you, even during this COVID 19 season and the required social distancing, every member of the Mystical Body of Christ should take advantage of the given windows of opportunities to avail themselves to the Eucharist, always bearing in mind the hope of the resurrection (Heb.10:25).


O God, I delight in the food of life and salvation. It is a real honour being a member of your Mystical Body and capable of receiving you daily. Thank you.






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