We Catholics believe deeply that at every celebration of the Eucharist, the bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. This core teaching and belief has been given to the church by Christ, Himself, but for a distinct purpose that is frequently lost or forgotten. When the multitude of people needed to be fed with a minuscule amount of available food, Christ makes it clear the he wants THEM (US) to feed everyone with leftovers to spare. Of course, Christ is the power that multiplied loaves, fishes and love. But WE are the instruments. WE become Christ.
Christ “feeds” the hungry multitudes through OUR humanity. We, ourselves, must also be transformed by the Eucharist, which is what is often missing in liturgical spirituality. We are called to become what we eat, so that we can feed people a rich diet of compassion, kindness, humility and justice. How much the world needs the multiplication of these beautiful realities that build up a world in which all people have a place at the Table…and are fed until satisfied.
We kneel and genuflect before the Blessed Sacrament so that we may kneel in humility before the poor: “that which you to the least of my people you do to ME.” May we Catholics become what we eat…the entire foundation and purpose of the Eucharist.
Peace. Fr. Frank