In this 2nd grade lesson we learn of the Holy Eucharist, the most august of all Sacraments that we receive in Holy Communion.
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The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic Faith. It is very important to meet Jesus in this Holy Sacrament.
What is the Holy Eucharist?
The Catechism teaches that the Holy Eucharist is a “sacrament and a sacrifice.”
It is a Sacrament because it has both matter and form. The matter is the bread and wine. The form is the words that the priest says to change the ordinary bread and wine into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. In this Sacrament we receive Grace because Jesus Himself comes to us.
It is also a Sacrifice. This is hard to understand because we don’t see anything bloody or painful happening at Mass. We call the Mass an unbloody sacrifice. At every single Mass the very same Jesus who died on the cross at Calvary is now offered on the altar. When Jesus hung on the cross and died, His sacrifice was bloody. As He offers Himself at Mass, it is unbloody because Jesus is now in His glorified state. It’s called a sacrifice because Jesus voluntarily offers Himself in every Mass when the bread and wine is consecrated into His Body and Blood. When He died on the cross He saved us. When He is in the Eucharist, He gives us His saving grace.Since Jesus is God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity, He can do anything. He came to us as a human man to free us from our sins. In order to stay with us, He gave us Himself in this Sacrament. Remember He said that he would be with us always, even until the end of the world. He does this through Holy Communion.
Why Do We Receive Holy Communion?
The Catechism teaches us that it is good to receive Holy Communion often. This union with Jesus Christ is the greatest aid we have for living a holy life.
Just as you need to eat three meals a day in order to grow and be strong, you also need to do certain things to grow spiritually.
Jesus gave us the Holy Eucharist to nourish and strengthen His life within us. This life is the life and love of God that we received at our Baptism. We receive Holy Communion in order to be one with Christ.
When did Jesus give us the Eucharist?
Christ gave us the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper. Jesus knew He was about to be put to death. He showed the first bishops of the Church that He would come to them always in a special way.
He held up the bread and said, “This is My body, which is being given for you; do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19-20).
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