What Can You Bring to Jesus in the Eucharist?
Source and Summit:
The source and summit of the Catholic faith is the Holy Eucharist. Jesus said, “My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” John 6:55-56
At Mass, like the disciples at the Last Supper, we partake in the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
The Pew Research Center conducted a survey in 2019 regarding the Catholic Eucharist. The findings showed that nearly 70% of self-described Catholics believe that the bread and the wine used in Communion are just symbols–and not Christ’s true body, blood, soul, and divinity.
These results were, of course, concerning to the Church leaders. And in 2022, a National Eucharist Revival was launched to inspire, educate, and unite the faithful into a deeper relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist.
The results of the Pew study were also shocking to me, especially as a First Eucharist catechist. I started some soul-searching to see if there were some things I needed to work on to deepen my relationship with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
The Holy Spirit revealed several things to me, and they all seemed to point to one special word.
The One Word that Sums it Up:
For me, the one word was reverence. I needed to work on being more reverent. Since I believe that Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine, do my actions show what I believe? Do people see me showing great reverence for our Lord in the Eucharist–or not?
It was during this time of discernment that I received a beautiful gift. While attending Mass at a parish I had never been to, I experienced the great gift of reverence.
It was so moving that I felt compelled to write a poem about it.
It has been a long, long time,
that I’ve seen reverence of this kind.
The hands moved slow, the words were sung,
the host held high, and bells were rung.
The church adored the holy sight,
the stained glass glowed with golden light.
My time did come to meet the King,
I am so poor, what can I bring?
I took small steps up towards my God,
and then I bowed and gave a nod.
Within me now, my precious Lord,
sweet inner wonder was outpoured.
Strong joy and peace erased all fears,
and I gave the King my gift of tears.
So, what can you bring to Jesus in the Eucharist?
Mine, that particular Mass, was tears of joy-filled awe. Since then, it has been other things. Such as dressing up, arriving early, fully participating in the Mass, sitting up close to focus better on the altar, and fasting an hour before Mass.
What can you bring to Jesus in the Eucharist? Ask Him, and He will let you know. Then we can bring our gifts together to the King.