During the Last blog I did, I explained that Jesus is the Eucharist body, blood, soul, and divinity. Now in this part two, I am going to show the importance and give some ideas on how to prepare for this sacrament.
To start, let us view, a small part, the importance of this mystery. To start, in the Old Testament there were many holy things that were deadly of misused. For example, a priest could only enter the holy of holies once a year. It was so holy that there was a danger of the priest dying while in the sacred place. Thus, when the priest went into this holy of holies, he had a rope tied to his foot so that if he did die he could get pulled out by the people outside. Another thing was the ark. Now the ark had the staff of Aaron, some manna, and the broken pieces from the first Ten Commandments (remember Moses broke them when he saw the Israelites worshipping the golden calf). This could only be carried by priests. One time, while the priests were moving the ark, it slipped and was falling into the mud. One of the bystanders, Uzzah, reached out to catch it from falling into the mud. The ark was so holy, though, that as soon as he touched it he was struck dead. That was some of the many important things that had to be handled properly.
That was the Old Testament; let us fast-forward to the twenty-first century. Jesus Christ is WAY more important than the holy of holies, or the ark. We have Jesus Christ truly and fully present in our midst. This God, to which we are a grain of sand compared to him, is with us and yet he loves us so much that he died for us. The Old Testament people longed for their messiah, and we have him twenty- four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days of the year. The other sacraments are very beneficial to us, but the Eucharist is much more superior; “The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’ ‘The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself…” (CCC 1324). We have a great grace that many longed for. I actually shutter when I am at mass after the consecration, because I believe that the Host is Jesus, and how I am unworthy to receive him (that is an article or blog for a different day though). This is just a tiny segment on the importance of the Eucharist.
Now we come to how to prepare for this sacrament. There are only a few things the Catholic Church requires for one to receive the Eucharist. They are; you have to be a Catholic, be free from mortal sin, and have done a one hour fast from food (including gum) and drink (water is the only exception though). There are two areas that I would like to offer some ideas on how to get ready for Mass. One mentally; this means to get your thoughts in order, and your mind focused. To do this, one has to arrive at least a few minutes before mass, to meditate. If there is a Rosary being prayed before, there is perfect opportunity to say a prayer that really gets your mind in the right order. The other area I wanted to talk about was bodily. We dress up for sporting events, through the colors we wear etc.. We also dress up for funerals and weddings, but for some reason many people don’t think of dressing up for mass. Remember Jesus is the King of kings, Lord of lords, who created you because he loved you. The way we dress shows our feelings more than we realize. People around you see what you believe in the way you act and dress. These are some ideas on how to prepare for mass, and the reception of Holy Communion.
We have viewed the importance, and some ideas on how to prepare for this mystery. Unfortunately, like part one, there is so much information that I could not even attempt to explain it all. As always, I am interested in your thoughts, so comment your musings below. God bless.
By Nick John
Catechism of the Catholic Church. St. Paul Books & Media, 1994. Print.
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