As Catholics, throughout our lives we were taught reverence for the Eucharist. But “reverence” is not enough. Most Catholics reverence the Eucharist, meaning, we genuflect, kneel, and treat the Sacred Host with respect. We believe the Eucharist is God Almighty, the Savior of the world, the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. We need to believe deeply enough to have our hearts moved with love and profound devotion every time we are before our divine Lord present before us under the veil of the Eucharist. Perhaps this sounds like it’s a bit excessive. Perhaps simple reverence and respect is enough for you. But it’s not. Since the Eucharist is God Almighty, we must see Him there with the eyes of faith in our soul. We must profoundly adore Him as the angels do in Heaven. We must cry out, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!” We must be moved to the deepest of worship as we enter into His divine presence. Jesus Himself told us that the bread and wine become His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity and that we must eat and drink of it to enter eternal life. After receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist we must go forth to share Him with others by word, deed, and action. We must BE the Body of Christ.
Adults: In what ways does the Eucharist connect us as “one body” – how does it change the way we relate to each other?
Children: How does receiving Jesus in Holy Communion change how you treat those around you?