Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
JUNE 24, 2018
Amazing Facts About the Power of the Eucharist
Union with Christ: Reception of Jesus in the Eucharist fuses our being with that of Christ. St. Cyril of Alexandria describes it as similar to “when melted wax is fused with other wax.” The Christian journey is a journey to become like Christ, to “abide in him” and he in us. The Eu-charist is the means for this to happen.
Destruction of Venial Sin: The Eucharist destroys venial sin. De-stroys! Through sin, the fervor of our charity can be dampened by veni-al sin. But when we receive the Eucharist we are united with Charity himself, which burns away the vestiges of our venial sins and leaves us cleansed and ready to begin again.
Preservation from Mortal Sin: While we should refrain from receiv-ing the Eucharist when we are aware of being in a state of mortal sin, we should receive the Eucharist as much as possible when we are able be-cause it preserves us from grave sin. It is as if the Eucharist‟s power washes away the venial sin in our souls and then covers us with a protec-tive coat which helps us to stay away from serious sin.
Personal relationship with Jesus: Many Christians speak of the im-portance of a personal relationship with Jesus, which is very true. But it is primarily through the Eucharist that we can truly have an intimate en-counter with the Person of Jesus. Benedict XVI once pointed out this connection: “Today, there is a need to rediscover that Jesus Christ is not just a private conviction or an abstract idea, but a real person, whose be-coming part of human history is capable of renewing the life of every man and woman. Hence, the Eucharist, as the source and summit of the Church‟s life and mission, must be translated into spirituality, into a life lived „according to the Spirit‟” (Sacramentum Caritatis).
Gives Life: According to the Catechism, the Eucharist “preserves, in-creases, and renews the life of grace received at Baptism” (CCC #1392). In other words, reception of the Eucharist increases the life of grace al-ready present within us.
Unity with the Body of Christ: Since we are united more closely to Christ through the Eucharist, we are therefore united more closely to all the other people who receive the Eucharist! In other words, the Eucharist is like the glue that keeps us united with Jesus and all our brothers and sisters in the Church.
Spiritual Consolation: Holy Communion is a foretaste of the joys of heaven so it can produce joy in us as we experience real unity with God. If we are feeling beaten down by the difficulties of life, we can come to the Eucharist, our font of joy, and ask the Lord to fill us with his conso-lation and peace.
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To receive Holy Communion worthily:
1. You must be in a state of grace, not having committed any mortal sin. If you have committed a mortal sin, you must go to confession before receiving Holy Communion.
2. You must believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. It is our Lord whom you receive in Holy Communion.
3. You must observe the Eucharistic Fast. The Church says we must fast one hour before Mass. This means no food or drink. The only exceptions are water and medication.
4. You must spend time thanking Jesus after you have received Him in Holy Communion. It is recommended that we pray the Anima Christi.
Prayer as Relationship
Our Friendship with God
Many of us remember the oldest and best definition of prayer: “raising the mind and heart to God.” I suspect that most of us practiced the first part, raising our mind to God, better than the second part, lifting up our hearts. That imbalance can too often make the experience of praying “dry” or “unfulfilling.”
What this definition probably intended to say was that prayer involves our whole person in a relationship with God. Using the various relationships of our lives as a guide, we can come to new insights about prayer.
A wise spiritual guide once said, “We are as good at praying as we are at the other relationships of our lives. If you want to get better at prayer, work on the key relationships in your life.”
Take a close friendship or marriage, as an example. We wouldn’t imagine that what makes the relationship work is trying to find a half an hour, early in the morning, to sit in a chair and close our eyes and think heavy thoughts about the other person. We know instinctively, even if we hadn’t ever put it into words, that a key relationship in our life is a matter of the heart. The other person means a lot to me. I’m not just attracted to the other, but the other is someone whose desires and dreams and vision are very important to me. And, if this rela-tionship is one that is growing in love, the other is one I want to serve—give myself for.
It’s a Matter of the Heart
Relationship always involves a strong desire to be with. A relationship will fade if we have no continuing interest in spending time with the other, or connect with the other. Even when our time together might be limited, we have feelings for the other which sustain the relationship. The closer the relationship, the stronger those feelings. In a marriage relationship, I might not see my spouse as much as I’d like, but I know that my job or my care for our children or time shopping—or whatever I do when we are apart—is all done because of our rela-tionship, to further the goals of our life together and our mission together.
Words, gestures and rituals express and give shape to the relationship of the heart. “I love you.” “Thank you.” “You are wonderful.” “I need you.” “I’m sor-ry.” A smile, an embrace, … Our song, our favorite place,... a tradition we’ve developed. These are just a few examples of the hundreds of ways a relationship develops and grows.
Finding Intimacy with God in our Everyday Lives
How could prayer be a relationship with God, if it only remains a lifting of our minds to God? We need very special times of intimacy with God, but that time needs to be prepared for and built up to. To enrich our relationship with God, engages our hearts. That involves finding intimacy with God in the midst of our everyday busy lives, much like we do with the other important relationships of our lives.
If this stirs a desire for that kind of relationship with God, one place to begin is to let God tell me about how loved I am. The God who says, “You are precious in my eyes and I love you.” If I’m open to God’s expressions of affection to-ward me, that can open my heart to stir up affection in the form of grateful re-sponse. Love needs only a spark to get started. It takes ongoing care to keep the fire from going out. With special care, it can become a long lasting, warm and comforting, life-long relationship.
Santa Barbara Parish Prayer Ministry
prays the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet
for prayer intentions.
May God Bless You & Your Family!
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