Bringing Jesus to the World
Let’s consider the gifts that make us uniquely “Catholic” and the responsibility that comes along with these gifts.
In addition to the teaching authority of the Church, and the Sacraments, our rich tradition and ritual, the single most important part of “Being Catholic” is our belief in the “Real Presence” and our participation in the Eucharist.
But the Eucharist isn’t just a solitary personal experience with Jesus, the Eucharist calls us into full “Communion” with the “Word” and communion with the “Body of Christ” (all of us) every time we receive this incredible gift.
The call into full “Communion” is a challenge not just to internalize Jesus, but to bring Him to the world. In receiving the Body and Blood of Christ (as He clearly stated He wants us to) we are filled with His presence, His grace, mercy and love; and fully share in His presence here on earth. This is way beyond a “personal” experience. It is a share of the Divine experience of God Himself. Eucharist is a gift of incredible generosity beyond our comprehension.
Yet just like with any gift, we are called to express our thanks by how we receive it and how we use it.
- How am I changed by the grace of this sacrament?
- How do I use the gift of Eucharistic grace in my life?
- How do I bring the real presence of Jesus to the world I live in?
Upon your next “Amen” at communion when you turn away from the altar and turn toward the world, consider this unique gift of Catholicism and the power of Jesus?loving presence. You are now challenged just as the first apostles were: to bring Jesus the world.
Deacon Andy Cirmo