Patty was super kind enough to post for me today. A little about this gem: “I’m a newlywed, youth minister, and grad student. Lover of good books, traveling, pink moscato, and am passionately Catholic. I blog about marriage, ministry, recipes, and more…its all done with a wee bit o’ sass and a dose of honesty :)” Check her out on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. And, don’t forget her blog, Tales of Me and the Husband.
One thing that’s kind of awesome about being Catholic is the Eucharist.
We believe it is actually the same Jesus who suffered, died, and rose again we receive in communion; it ain’t no symbol to us, but the real deal (that is is actually Jesus’ body, blood, soul, and divinity). Crazy concept, huh?? And no, we don’t “re-kill” Jesus at Mass and are not cannibals. But rather time stops at Mass…
And…BOOM. We are present at the Last Supper. BOOM. We are present at the foot of the Cross. BOOM. We are present at the Resurrection.
And you thought time travel really didn’t exist, gotch ya!! ;-)
Jesus told his disciples in John 6 to “eat his flesh and drink his blood to have eternal life.” Many thought he was way crazy and left him right there on the spot. So either Jesus meant that this piece of bread/cup of wine truly IS his body and blood or either meant it was just a symbol. But see Jesus didn’t say “this is a symbol of me,” He said “this IS me…do this in remembrance of me.” So we really do receive Jesus in holy communion at Mass, and its AWESOME. If people really knew WHO they were receiving in communion at Mass and why it matters, I really think they would never leave the Catholic Church.
The Eucharist is spiritual food for our journey through life…to help us become holy, love others, serve the poor, and to follow Jesus with every ounce of strength we have. We all need nourishment to keep our physical bodies alive, healthy, and strong…why not take advantage of this precious gift of heavenly food to keep our spiritual bodies alive too??
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