As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, commonly referred to as Corpus Christi, I thought it would be a good idea to point out 3 benefits we obtain by receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Why must I do this? Because, for many Catholics, receiving Holy Communion has become nothing more than a custom - something that we do out of habit. Unfortunately, that is the biggest mistake we can make. Our Lord’s gift of His Body and Blood provides us with what we need to reach Heaven. Let’s look at 3 reasons why the Eucharist REALLY matters, direct from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1391 – 1401):
Holy Communion augments our union with Christ – The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist in Holy Communion is an intimate union with Christ Jesus. Do you want to know Christ? There is NO better way than to receive Holy Communion.
Holy Communion separates us from sin – The Eucharist cannot unite us to Christ without at the same time cleansing us from past sins and preserving us from future sins. Would you like the become a better person and eliminate some of your “favorite” sins from your life? Here’s your answer!
The unity of the Mystical Body: the Eucharist makes the Church – Those who receive the Eucharist are united more closely to Christ. Through it Christ unites them to all the faithful in one body—the Church. Receiving Holy Communion not only allows you to get closer to Christ, it unites you with all the members of His Catholic Church – including your deceased relatives, friends and the saints.
Don’t get fooled into thinking that the Eucharist really doesn’t matter. IT DOES MATTER, and a sinner like me would have just about no chance of getting to Heaven without this Sacrament. If you want to be a better person, if you want to get to know Jesus, if you want to live with Him in perfect happiness forever…
The Eucharist is the answer!