The Meaning of the Holy Eucharist

With the feast of The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ near, I felt very blessed to have come across this Homily from Father Jim Hogan. The entire message was inspiring, but I especially loved these words: “…The Eucharist is not something we watch.  It is something we do.  Eucharist is not a sacred object we receive.  We realized Eucharist is what we are!” This is the meaning of the Holy Eucharist.

As we come to Church to commemorate the institution of the blessed sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and thank Jesus for his sacrifice at the cross, may we also remember our duties as ransomed sons and daughters of God. May we remember what it truly means to eat and drink the blood of Christ.

As St. Augustine said, “We who eat and drink the sacrament of Christ’s life become that which we eat and drink.  We eat and drink the body and blood of Christ.  That is what we become.”

May others sense in us our union with our Savior as we come out of every Eucharistic celebration–not only through the words we preach, but more importantly through our deeds. The meaning of the Holy Eucharist is something all Catholics should understand and revere.