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HOLY

EUCHARI
ST

Life has many phases and everyone has to go


through these phases one way or
the other : childhood, youth, adulthood
(single, married, vocation).

In these phases one will experience


the many faces of life, the joyful, the
sorrowful,
the glorious and the luminous.

In this journey to life, one is however


not alone in facing these
experiences.
In the midst of these
one always encounter somebody
who partakes and gets involve;
who reminds of ones belovedness
and importance as a person, who
is willing to be broken and shared.

The Somebody we are talking of is


Jesus Christ, - the Eucharist
who said in one of the Gospels :

I am the living bread that came down from heaven;


whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh
for the life of the world...
whoever eats my flesh and drinks
my blood has eternal life and
I will raise him upon the last day
whoever eats my flesh and
drinks my blood remains in me
and I in him.
( John 6:51. 54. 56 )

We alone have the truly


sacred bread intended
not only for the
Levites but for all the
faithful,

from the child who is just


beginning to walk, way
up to the old man, who
is approaching the
grave.
Here is our joy. (ES 14)

Eucharist is an action of
thanksgiving to God.
The Greek words euchristein and
eulogein
recall the Jewish blessings that proclaim
especially during a meal
Gods works :
creation, redemption
and sanctification.

St. John Paul II said that,


it is important that no dimension of the
Eucharist should be neglected. We are
constantly tempted to reduce the Eucharist to
our own
dimensions, while in reality
it is we who must open
ourselves to the dimensions
of the Mystery of the
Eucharist.

I.

THE EUCHARIST AS MEAL

The most evident dimension of the Eucharist is that it is a


meal.

One of the characteristics of Filipino Catholics is that they


are
meal-oriented. They always have celebrations on birth and
death anniversaries, baptisms, weddings, burials and fiestas.
They come together, meet and exchange pleasantries
but the essence of these events is meal.
They are known to be gracious hosts and grateful guests.
Serving our guests the best way we can, even to the extent

Though some may also are selective hosts and ungrateful guests,
meeting and talking not of pleasantries but unpleasant things against
the host and fellow guests and this is a celebration that kills.

As Saint Paul said,


I do not praise the fact that your
meetings are doing more harm than
good. I hear that when you meet as a
church there are divisions among you
in order that those who are approved
may become known. When you meet
in one place, then, it is not to eat the
Lords Supper, for in eating, each one
goes ahead with his own supper, and
one goes hungry while the other gets
drunk.

The Eucharist was instituted at the Last Supper, - a


meal - when Jesus while eating, took bread, bless it,
broke it and give it to his disciples saying
Take and eat, this is my body then took a cup, give
thanks and give it to them, saying drink from it, all
of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will
be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of
sins. (Mt 26:26-27)

The act of breaking the bread


and giving it expresses the fellowship
which God wishes to establish with
us and which we ourselves must
build with one another.
(MND 15)

Share and be concerned


with those in need
especially with the least of
our brethren, just as Jesus
did to the 5,000
When he disembarked
and saw the vast crowd, His
heart was moved
with pity for them...
(Matthew 14:14)

If Filipino Catholics are meal oriented, Christs


ministry is a meal ministry for it is characterized
by sharing meals with a tax collector, one such
was Matthew whom Christ called
to be his apostle (Mt 9:10-12),
with Zacchaeus, whom Christ called down from
his perch
in a tree, so that He could eat with him

Even when a Pharisee called Simon had invited Jesus to dine with him, Jesus
used the opportunity to contrast the great faith of a sinful woman who had
entered uninvited, with the lack of common hospitality of the Pharisee. (Lk
7:36-50)

After his Resurrection, Jesus broke bread with two disciples on the way to
Emmaus and with seven of his apostles on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias.
(Jn 21:12) (CFC 1703)

Take note that Jesus guests were sinners so to say, those who cannot
return the gesture of inviting. In all these meals Christ brought
salvation to those who opened their hearts to him in loving
communion.

A shared meal involves a coming together, a


dialogue and a sharing of food and drinks:
(CFC 1705)
Coming together in the coming together, the Eucharist
brings Catholics together, united by their Baptism, their
common faith in Jesus Christ, their Saviour, and by their
hope of deepening their union with Christ and with one
another.

Dialogue conversation provides the meals


distinctive human quality. The whole Eucharist is
a dialogue between God and his faithful (Liturgy of
the Word, the Profession of Faith and General
Intercession).

Preparation and Sharing of food and


drink
In the Liturgy of the Eucharist there is the preparation
of the Gifts, the invocation of the Holy Spirit
and the distribution and sharing.

Thus, in the Eucharistic


meal,
through the sign of physical
nourishment in a meal,
Christ becomes
the Bread of our spiritual
lives,
nourishing our faith, hope
and love.
The Eucharist satisfies the
deepest hungers of our lives,
both personal and
communal.
Such are the basic hungers
for :
love and acceptance,

We are to offer our lives for others especially the poor,


by serving them with and by sharing with them
the fruit of the earth and the Bread of Life
thereby reconstructing with them a world more loving,
accepting, understanding and just, more worthy
of the children of God and by doing so
the Eucharist effects the building up of the Church.

II. THE EUCHARIST AS A


MEMORIAL
(CFC 1698-1701)

At the Last Supper, Christ commanded the


apostles

Do this in memory of me.


(Luke 22:19)

The Eucharist we celebrate is not simply contained in the intimate


encounter between Jesus and us but ever more it is a real participation
in the very Memorial of Christ, his Passion, Death and Resurrection.

This remembering invites us to


unite our pains to the cross of Christ
and truly involve ourselves in the
struggles and difficulties of our
brethren by our selfless availability
and loving service. Like that of
Jesus Gift of Self, remembering
would go as far as to demand even
our own dying. For true and selfless
loving welcomes, without
reservation nor any preference, any
person we meet, the human events
we find ourselves in and the facts of

Largely we celebrate anniversaries in thanksgiving or for whatever


reasons, like we commemorate the death of heroes in
commemoration for their valor in saving our country from being
taken by foreign invaders or even from local rebels, this is more of
remembering past deeds, so young generation will come to know
the nobility of our heroes for them to emulate.

In the biblical tradition, remembrance


is not primarily a looking backward
to recall a past event, but rather
a making present the great acts of the past
which God had worked thus the Old Testament
Passover ritual is described:

This day shall be a memorial feast for you,


which all generations shall celebrate with
pilgrimage to the Lord as a perpetual
institution.
(Exodus 12:14)

The Jewish memorial of


the Passover was
primarily the action of
God, making present to
later generations His
saving power of the
Exodus.
So the Eucharistic
celebration makes
present Christ's
exodus,
by which he once-for-all
took away sin.

So Christians celebrate their memorial :

For deliverance from Egypt, the land of slavery,


but more for the Lords Resurrection and Ascension
to the Father.

For crossing the Red Sea,


but more for their own Baptism
delivering them from sin and
death.

For the pillar of fire


illuminating the desert at
night,
but more for Christ the true
guiding Light.

For the manna in the desert,


but even more for the living bread,
given for the life of the world.

For Moses, the faithful


servant,
but more for Jesus the
faithful Son placed over us,
Gods house.

For the springs of living water


in the wilderness,
but more for the spring
welling up to eternal life.

For the Law of God promulgated on Sinai,


but more for the love of God poured out into
our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

For Christians, the


Eucharist as memorial
is a
sacrifice-sacrament
precisely because the
Father makes present
to us through the Holy
Spirit, Christ himself,
the Son in his mighty
act, the sacrament of
the Father and of the
New Covenant of the
Fathers love, and its
creative sacrifice.

That is why we are called to joy-filled praise


and thanksgiving of the Father, whose covenant
with us
is not imprisoned in the past, but is incarnated
in the living person of Christ Jesus, our Savior,
Risen from the dead.

Every Mass is a memorial as the liturgy reminds


us in the acclamation following the consecration
We announce your death Lord,
we proclaim your resurrection.
(MND 15)

In this memorial we are reminded of Christs


love for us, the self-giving of himself.

Therefore we should be full of gratitude


for Christs passion, death and resurrection
by putting on Christ. Be Christ-like and be
transformed
by the power of the Holy Spirit.

As a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, to


reconcile and be reconciled is a major effect of the Holy
Eucharist.
Without displacing in the least the Sacrament of
Reconciliation,
the Eucharist thus constitutes the chief ordinary means
of reconciliation in the Church.

It brings us
together around
the table of the
Lord, uniting us
in sharing food
and drink in a
sacred meal
hosted by Christ
himself.

The Eucharist thus educates us in


active love for neighbor. For if Christ
offers himself equally to each one,
it shows what value each person,
our brothers or sisters, has in God's
eyes. It makes us grow in
awareness of the dignity of each
person...
And becomes the deepest
motive of our relationship
with our neighbor.

At the holy table all


differences of race or social
class will disappear... The
Eucharist becomes the great
instrument for bringing men
closer to one another

to establish a better
relationship among
themselves, leading to
recognition of one another's
rights and corresponding
duties as well.
( John Paul II, ND 1590 )

III.

THE EUCHARIST AS A PLEDGE OF


FUTURE GLORY
(CFC 1730-1732)

At the same time while the Eucharist


makes present what occurred in the
past, it also impels us towards the
future when Christ will come again
at the end of history.
Thus, we see the Eucharist is not only
a memorial of Christs passion and
death. Not only a present means
for filling our souls with grace. It is
also a pledge for our future glory.

Vatican II describes the specifically future


dimension
of the Eucharist as follows :
Christ left to his followers a pledge of this hope
and food for the journey in the sacrament of faith,
in which natural elements, the fruits of mans
cultivation,
are changed into his glorified Body and Blood,
as a supper of brotherly fellowship and a foretaste

The hope for future glory is expressed in celebrating the Eucharist as


an eschatological meal, until he comes. (1Cor11:26)
And following the ancient practice of the Church, the Eucharist is given
to the dying as Viaticum (with-you-on-the-way).

Strengthened by the body of Christ, the Christian is endowed with the pledge of
the resurrection in his passage from this life. (EM39)
Moreover this Eucharistic hope embraces both the individual believer
and the world as well.
What we await are new heavens and new earth where, according to his promise,
the justice of God will reside. (2 Peter 3:13)

This pledge for future glory is


really a Spirit-inspired and
empowered life-long
process of growing in Christlikeness.
Vatican II described how
Christ is now at work in the
hearts of men by the power
of the Holy Spirit who
animates, purifies, and
strengthens both the human
yearning for our heavenly
home, and the generous
service to make the here on
earth more humane.

In the Eucharist it is the


transforming power of the Holy
Spirit
that effects both the change of
bread and wine into the Body
and Blood of the Risen Christ,
and
the unity of the faithful.
Thus the Spirit is twice invoked
(epiclesis):
To come upon these gifts to make
them holy so that they may become
for us the body and blood of
our Lord, Jesus Christ. (EP II)

That we, who are nourished


by his body and blood, may be
filled with his Holy Spirit, and
become one body, one spirit in
Christ (EP III).

Receiving the Eucharist


worthily unites us with
Christ.
This communion with
Christ brings us truly life.
(CFC 1717)

Worthily receiving the Eucharist means that


one must be free from sin, thus first and
foremost
one must be a baptized person
(free from original sin),
must repent and confess our sins,
must believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God
and live a life according to his teachings,
must reconcile ourselves with others and
have strong belief in the Eucharist as the
Body and Blood and Christ and likewise
observe the one hour Eucharistic fast.
Children who have attained the age
of reason or first communicants
must be sufficiently prepared.

When we approach the holy Eucharist in such a


disposition the Eucharist becomes Jesus in us and
penetrate in our
daily lives. He can transform, from within, our daily living.
Our lives becomes in turn a sign of the presence of Jesus
Christ in humanity. All those Christians who received Holy
Communion in a proper disposition are heavenward
unless they do anything which goes against
what Jesus wants. But then again you have
the sacrament of Penance
to start afresh.

We are all destined for heaven.


In the mind of God there is
everything
well planned for our future glory.

It is up to us to choose
whether we want to become
part of this plan or not.

IV. The Eucharist as


Presence-Sacrament
(CFC 1721-1728)

Christ is Present
in the Church:

21st Filipino Catholic Family

When she
prays, since
Christ prays for
us and with us;
As she performs her works of mercy;
On her pilgrimage of struggle
toward eternal life;
As she preaches the Word of God in
the name of Christ, by the authority
of Christ, and with Christs help;
As she governs the People of God
with power from Christ
Most effectively when she effects
the Eucharist.

Christ is Present
in the Church:

When she prays, since Christ


prays for us and with us;

As she
performs her
works of mercy;

On her pilgrimage of struggle


toward eternal life;
As she preaches the Word of God
in the name of Christ, by the
authority of Christ, and with
Christs help;
As she governs the People of God
with power from Christ
Most effectively when she effects
the Eucharist.

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Glimpses: Jose Ma. Montelibano

Christ is Present
in the Church:

On her
pilgrimage of
struggle toward
eternal life;

As she preaches the Word of God in


the name of Christ, by the authority
of Christ, and with Christs help;
As she governs the People of God
with power from Christ
Most effectively when she effects
the Eucharist.

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When she prays, since Christ


prays for us and with us;
As she performs her works of
mercy;

Christ is Present
in the Church:

As she preaches the


Word of God in the
name of Christ, by
the authority of
Christ, and with
Christs help;

As she governs the People of God


with power from Christ
Most effectively when she effects the
Eucharist.

21st Filipino Catholic Family

When she prays, since Christ prays


for us and with us;
As she performs her works of mercy;
On her pilgrimage of struggle toward
eternal life;

Christ is Present
in the Church:

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When she prays, since Christ prays


for us and with us;
As she performs her works of
mercy;
On her pilgrimage of struggle
toward eternal life;
As she preaches the Word of God in
the name of Christ, by the authority
of Christ, and with Christs help;

As she governs
the People of
God with power
from Christ;

Most effectively when she effects


the Eucharist.

Christ is Present
in the Church:

21st Filipino Catholic Family

When she prays, since Christ prays


for us and with us;
As she performs her works of
mercy;
On her pilgrimage of struggle
toward eternal life;
As she preaches the Word of God
in the name of Christ, by the
authority of Christ, and with
Christs help;
As she governs the People of God
with power from Christ;

Most effectively
when she effects
the Eucharist.

PRESENCE:
A.

Physical

Like furniture in a
sala or people crowded
together in a bus.

B.

Personal

Through personal
sharing of knowledge,
affection and love.

PRESENCE:
In the
Eucharist:
The Risen Christ is

PERSONALLY
PRESENT to us
the EMMANUEL,
GOD is With Us.

Christ
presence is:
Sacramental
b) Personal
c) Glorified
Body
d) Dynamic and
Lasting
a)

Christ
presence
is:
a)

Sacramental
An objective presence,
through the signs of
bread and wine seen
through the eyes of FAITH
of the faithful.

Christ
presence
is:
b) Personal

A real substantial
presence in order to
enter into personal
communion with his
church and each
member of his Body,
in spirit

Christ
presence is:
c) Glorified
Body

Not in his earthly


condition, but in his RISEN
glorified body. The one
risen Body of Christ- the
spiritual body which St.
Paul contrasts with
natural body (cf 1 Cor.
15-44) is sacramentally
present at the same time
in all the tabernacles of
the world.

Christ
presence is:
d) Dynamic and
Lasting
in the consecrated
bread
and wine, which are
dynamic effective
signs
of his love for us, and
inviting us to respond
in
love.

Jesus is Truly Present under the


Eucharistic Species:
This presence- as Pope Paul
VI rightly explained- is
called

Real Presence
Substantially present
Whole and entire
In the reality of His
Body and Blood

aspire to
become

Eucharistic
Persons
in our
relationship
with God and
neighbor

The Eucharist will bring us to KNOW Him more clearly, To


LOVE Him more dearly, and To FOLLOW Him more closely
Day by Day

Our gratitude will overflow and will


transform itself into loving service of God
and neighbor, like the saints and Mary.

SAINTS: Great Interpreters of


True Eucharistic Piety

St. Claire

SAINTS: Great Interpreters of


True Eucharistic Piety

St. Therese

BlessedSt.
Teresa
of Calcutta
Claire

Above all, let us


listen to
MARY Most Holy
in whom the
mystery of the
Eucharist
appears more
than in anyone
else.

V. At the
School of Mary,
Woman of the Eucharist
Sean Patrick Cardinal OMalley
Archbishop of Boston

ANNUNCIATION:
Eucharistic
Moment in
Marys Life

Behold the
handmaid of the
Lord

ANNUNCIATION:
Eucharistic Moment in
Marys Life
At the Annunciation,
Marys active consent
was one of the most
important moments in
the history of salvation
and particularly in the
unfolding of the
Eucharistic mystery. We
call that moment as

FIAT

JOHN PAUL II:


Relates
Marys FIAT
and the AMEN
which every
believer says
when receiving
the Body of the
Lord.

VISITATION
Mary became in
some way a
TABERNACLE,
the first tabernacle
in history

The Eucharist,
like the

Canticle of
Mary,
is first and
foremost
PRAISE and
THANKSGIVING.

The Magnificat
reflects the
eschatological
tension of the
Eucharist.

It expresses Marys
spirituality
The Eucharist has
been given to us so
that our life, like that
of Mary, may
become completely a
Magnificat.

ACCEPTING
MARY AS OUR
MOTHER

She can guide us


toward this most
holy sacrament,
because she
herself has a
profound
relationship with
the Eucharist.

ACCEPTING
MARY AS OUR
MOTHER

Is a commitment
to be conformed
to Christ,
putting
ourselves at the
School of His
Mother and
allowing her to
accompany us.

St. Peter Julian


Eymard:
Return to the
source, to Jesus, not
only to Jesus who
passed through
Judea, or to Jesus
glorified in heaven,
but again and
especially to Jesus in
the Eucharist.

Individual Faith Response


1.

2.
3.

As Eucharistic persons (liturgical ministers,


church leaders or ordinary church
members), how do you participate actively
in the Eucharistic celebration in relation to
the above-mentioned dimensions of the
Eucharist? (Meal, Memorial, Pledge of
Future Glory, Presence-Sacrament)
Sharing by triad
Ask 3 volunteers to share in the big group.