The Hidden Depths of the Mass #34

Do You Realize What You Are Eating?

Now, we come to the point in Mass where we receive Communion.  Every time we receive Communion, we need to be thinking about what we are consuming.  It is not just bread and wine.  It is the Body and Blood of Jesus.  Jesus tells us, “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” (John 6:53).  He would not tell us this without giving us a way to eat his flesh and drink his blood.  Jesus offers himself to us in the Eucharist.  In upcoming articles, we will discuss mortal sins with regards to receiving Communion and non-Catholics receiving Communion.

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