Tonight a few people from my school were welcomed into the Catholic Church and I had the incredible privilege of being one of my best friend’s sponsor. My friend was so excited to receive the Eucharist for the first time. I’m jealous that he received the Body and Blood with a better understanding of the incredible mystery he is now able to fully participate in. I wish that I had appreciated it as a third grader. He was crying tears of joy and right before we went up he whispered, “I can’t believe this is really happening”. I realized that should be everyone’s reaction every single time we receive the Eucharist and I prayed to be given the grace to receive Jesus’s Body and Blood like it’s the first time every time.
So I was looking for a song to portray this idea and I found a perfect one! It’s First Time by Lifehouse. It’s supposed to be a love song but can totally be applied to the Eucharist.
Every time we receive our Lord’s Body and Blood should feel like falling in love with Him all over again. It should strengthen and renew our commitment to become more like Him. And as the song says, “I”m taking a chance, letting you inside.” I once heard a homily about the risk of surrendering to Christ – if we truly let Him take control of our lives and He might take us places we would never have imagined going. He might ask us to do things that seem impossible. He might ask us to be vulnerable and broken, to make sacrifices that seem beyond our strength. Yet all the strength and nourishment we need is found in the Eucharist.
I just searched for quotes about the Eucharist and came up with an overwhelming amount from Saints and holy people(guess it’s important!)
Here’s a taste:
“This food we call the Eucharist, of which no one is allowed to partake except one who believes that the things we teach are true, and has received the washing for forgiveness of sins and for rebirth, and who lives as Christ handed down to us. For we do not receive these things as common bread or common drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior being incarnate by God’s Word took flesh and blood for our salvation, so also we have been taught that the food consecrated by the Word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus.” – St. Justin Martyr, 2nd Century
“If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament, I am sure that the thought of Christ’s love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude.”– St. Angela of Foligno
“You come to me and unite Yourself intimately to me under the form of nourishment. Your Blood now runs in mine, Your Soul, Incarnate God, compenetrates mine, giving courage and support. What miracles! Who would have ever imagined such!”– St. Maximilian Kolbe
“Our own belief is that the renovation of the world will be brought about only by the Holy Eucharist.”– Pope Leo XIII