As you well know, we have been reading from the 6th Chapter of the Gospel of John for the last two weeks and we will continue to read from this part of the Gospel both this week and next week. One of the things that I like to do is to use these weeks as well to prayerfully read about the Sacrament of the Eucharist from The Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is divided into 4 major parts – The Creed, The Sacraments, Christian Moral Life, and Prayer. If you use your search engine to go The Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Sacrament of the Eucharist is found in Article 3 paragraphs 1322-1419.
A great habit to develop is to just read a few paragraphs at a time. I also like to read the section at the end of the particular article entitled “In Brief.”
A great section to read is entitled “The Fruits of Holy Communion.” In other words, when we receive Holy Communion: What does it do for our us in terms of our spiritual life? Holy Communion augments our union with Christ. Holy Communion separates us from sin. The Eucharist strengthens our charity. The Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins. The Eucharist commits us to the poor. In my own personal life, the Eucharist is such a great gift. It truly is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ and it gives me great strength for the journey. I cannot imagine my life without the Eucharist.
I pray that the gift of the Eucharist, the Real Presence of Christ will not only give you great strength for the journey, but that it will bear great fruit in your living out your personal holiness. As Saint Augustine said, “Believe what you see, see what you believe and become what you are “the Body of Christ.”