Eucharisteucharistia, meaning thanksgiving. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of God, began building a church, they were sustained with the spiritual food in times of trials and in time of celebration. Eucharist is that food, the real presence of the risen Lord.
The Eucharist is, for Catholics, both a meal and a sacrifice. In the Eucharist we are nourished spiritually, brought closer to God, again and again: “By eating the Body and drinking the Blood of Christ in the Eucharist we become united to the person of Christ through his humanity,” write the bishops. They remind us of the words of Jesus in John’s Gospel: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” (Jn 6:56).
The First Eucharist for our children also has meaning for the whole community as they are joining us at our family table: the table of God’s family.
In the family, the school, the workplace-in any community-there must be find ways to bring healing. The church, lives reconciliation. For any of us need each other to be assured that forgiveness is real.
The Value of the Sacrament
- We unburden ourselves to another caring person, an interested listener, and one who strives to lift us from our troublesome situations.
- By hearing the words of absolution, we walk away experiencing God’s mercy, the knowledge of God’s forgiveness, and the feeling of guilt removed.
- As Catholics, we believe that all sacraments give God’s love, grace. The special graces from reconciliation restore us to wholeness.