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Doctrines & Morals

The Reality of the Eucharist

DAILY SPIRITUAL BOUQUET: 1 Cor. 11:17-26.33, Lk. 7:1-10. Today's first reading addresses the right attitude towards liturgical assembly and Eucharistic meal. The celebrations at Corinth had become farce when the ritual of the Eucharistic celebration was combined with social dinner. Apparently, in these celebrations, the love-feast that followed the ritual of the Eucharist was a mockery of the real meaning of the Eucharist. This type of behaviour divided the Corinthian community instead of uniting it. To correct this mockery of love, Paul admonishes that the meal of Christ is where Christ shares Himself with us.

Hence, the Eucharist is a sacrifice, a sharing and not for self-gratification like every other meal. Whenever we partake in this unique celebration, we celebrate Christ's self-sacrifice where He shares Himself for us. To do otherwise would be a betrayal of Christ. Instead of betraying the Lord, let us approach the Eucharist with sincerity and humility. With humility the Centurion approaches Jesus for the healing of his slave in today's Gospel. He lets down his ego as man of authority and approach Jesus. Like the Centurion, we must 'empty' ourselves in Christ, set class segregation apart and seek the Lord in humility. God listens to our faith-filled prayers and grants our heart's desires when we are unassuming and simple in the presence of God.

May the Lord grant us the grace to serve God with all our heart and work hard to eliminate segregation in our communities! Amen!! Good morning, have fruitful week!!!

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