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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life
Nikki Dickson

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Today, we celebrate the mystery of the real presence of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. A mystery that unites our community of faith. St. Paul offers one of the earliest testimonies of the belief of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist in our second reading. The body and blood of Christ unites the Christian community as one body. St. Paul taught that Jesus is “the true food … and the true drink,” the living bread that came down from heaven. “The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.” (LG, 11). The Mass should transform us. It should change our lives. It gives us the experience of reconciliation with God and our neighbor, of healing and new life, and of peace. It is where we find union with God and the saints. Take note of Jesus’ action at the Last Supper as He instituted the Eucharist. Notice the actions of a humble and selfless servant. Our full participation in the Eucharist (Mass) fortifies us to be the Body and Blood of Christ in the world, especially for those on the fringes of our society. As you come to receive the Eucharist this weekend, reflect on Christ’s invitation to surrender to his allconsuming, yet all empowering love. May we be Christ for one another and our neighbors. It is good to see so many of you again at Mass, through the week and on the weekends. If you are able to join us, we urge you to wear a face mask for the safety of everyone. We appreciate your patience as we work to assure a healthy environment for all at our masses. Have a blessed week! Fr. Len

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