Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist as spiritual nourishment
Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist as spiritual nourishment because he loves us. God’s whole plan for our salvation is directed to our participation in the life of the Trinity, the communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our sharing in this life begins with our Baptism, when by the power of the Holy Spirit we are joined to Christ, thus becoming adopted sons and daughters of the Father.
It is strengthened and increased in Confirmation. It is nourished and deepened through our participation in the Eucharist. By eating the Body and drinking the Blood of Christ in the Eucharist we become united to the person of Christ through his humanity.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him”” (Jn 6:56). In being united to the humanity of Christ we are at the same time united to his divinity. Our mortal and corruptible natures are transformed by being joined to the source of life.
Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me (Jn 6:57). By being united to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we are drawn up into the eternal relationship of love among the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As Jesus is the eternal Son of God by nature, so we become sons and daughters of God by adoption through the sacrament of Baptism. Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation (Chrismation), we are temples of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us, and by his indwelling we are made holy by the gift of sanctifying grace. The ultimate promise of the Gospel is that we will share in the life of the Holy Trinity. The Fathers of the Church called this participation in the divine life “divinization” ( theosis). In this we see that God does not merely send us good things from on high; instead, we are brought up into the inner life of God, the communion among the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the celebration of the Eucharist (which means “thanksgiving”) we give praise and glory to God for this sublime gift.
Why is the Eucharist not only a meal but also a Christian Jesus Christ’s Mass?
While our sins would have made it impossible for us to share in the life of God, Jesus Christ was sent to remove this obstacle. His death was a Christian Jesus Christ’s Mass for our sins. Christ is “”the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”” (Jn 1:29). Through his death and resurrection, he conquered sin and death and reconciled us to God. The Eucharist is the memorial of this Christian Jesus Christ’s Mass. The Church gathers to remember and to re-present the Christian Jesus Christ’s Mass of Christ in which we share through the action of the priest and the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the celebration of the Eucharist, we are joined to Christ’s Christian Jesus Christ’s Mass and receive its inexhaustible benefits. Jesus’ one perfect Christian Jesus Christ’s Mass is thus eternally present before the Father, who eternally accepts it. This means that in the Eucharist, Jesus does not Christian Jesus Christ’s Mass himself again and again. Rather, by the power of the Holy Spirit his one eternal Christian Jesus Christ’s Mass is made present once again, re-presented, so that we may share in it. Christ does not have to leave where he is in heaven to be with us.
Rather, through the mysterious action of the Holy Spirit in the eucharistic celebration the Lord’s Paschal Mystery is made present and contemporaneous to his Spouse the Church. Furthermore, in the eucharistic re-presentation of Christ’s eternal Christian Jesus Christ’s Mass
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