Eucharist is not just the prize of the perfect but the food that God gives to us, sinners. Jesus who gave the bread to the hungry crowd gives himself as food and drink to us, sinners. He gives us life by allowing us to partake in his own life. What we eat becomes part of us; but when we take the Eucharist we become part of Jesus and enter into his life. As Jesus was about to leave to the Father he says he will not leave his disciples orphan. His constant presence is there with them through the Eucharist. In our journey of life, we find our food for the journey in the Eucharist in the same way as manna was the food for the Jewish people during their sojourn in the wilderness and as Elisha was fed by the ravens with bread and meat to strengthen him in his journey (1 Kings 17:6; 19:7). The gift of the Lord, the Body and Blood of Christ that we receive in the Eucharist is the greatest privilege we have as Catholics. The awe, the respect, and the reverence for the Eucharist should mark our Christian life.
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