THE HOLY EUCHARIST: SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF CHRISTIAN LIFE
📖Acts 2:14, 22-33; Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.11a); 1Pet 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35
Do you really want to understand why the Church has the Liturgy of the Word before the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist? Read the story of the journey to Emmaus that we have in today’s Gospel (Luke 24:13-35). As the disciples journeyed towards Emmaus, bothered about the recent happenings of Jesus’ death and reported resurrection, Jesus himself prepares them well to receive him again at the breaking of the Bread by first breaking the Word for them to understand. As a matter of fact, “The Liturgy of the Word and liturgy of the Eucharist together form ‘one single act of worship’; the Eucharistic table set for us is the table both of the Word of God and of the Body of the Lord” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC. 1346).
Note that in that story of the journey to Emmaus, the two parts – the Word of God and the Breaking of the Bread are inseparable; none stands without the other. That is why the Church does not separate them in the Holy Mass or even in other Eucharistic celebrations like adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and communion to the sick and aged outside the Holy Mass.
Nonetheless, the Holy Eucharist, that is the Breaking of the Bread, is the source and summit of the Christian life. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it” (CCC. 1324). Notice that when Jesus was walkng with the disciples on their way to Emmaus, they did not recognise that it was him. Even when he was explaining the Scriptures to them, their hearts experienced warmt but they did not recognise that it was Jesus (cf. Luke 24:32). It was only when Jesus had broken the Bread that their eyes were opened and they recognized him (cf. Luke 24:31, 35).
Have you separated yourself from an active participation at the Breaking of the Bread (the Holy Eucharist) or have you been deceived into believing that you do not need it? Does it not bother you that you are separating yourself from an encounter with Christ? Jesus himself said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last dayWhoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (John 6:53-56).
What is it that keeps you from participating in that true food and true drink (cf. John 6:55)? There is no wound that is greater than God to heal. That is what we celebrated last Sunday in the Divine Mercy. Come back to him; he is waiting for you like the Prodigal Father (cf. Luke 15:20-24, 32).
Are you ready to come to Him?
Have a Spirit-filled Sunday. Peace be with you.