“The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit. Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all. In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, parae. 1325-1327
Sometimes we tie ourselves in knots over incidentals – things which may certainly be important to a degree, but perhaps not to the degree we think, especially when our focus should be elsewhere.
Mass can be an example of this.
How often do we judge the Mass based on what we think of the Priest, how well (or otherwise) he preached, how fast he spoke, whether or not we liked what he had to say in his sermon. And while all of these things migh have some importance, if we focus on them exclusively, we risk losing sight of what matters most.
Upon that Altar, the Son of God has come down from Heaven and has taken the appearance of Bread and Wine, so that we might enter into communion with Him; and in this way, He becomes a part of us, and we become a part of Him.
What an extraodrinary miracle! And one that is repeated countless times every day, all across the world.
So many of the Saints were in awe at every Mass they took part in, it was the culmination of their spiritual life; and yet how often do we sit there and give little thought to what is taking place before us?
Merciful Lord, help us always to perceive with the eyes of faith the great miracle of the Eucharist, to contemplate it fully in our hearts and to give You thanks for this most precious gift which You give to us over and over again.