The ultimate Mystery.
Hey, do i know You?
â€œWhile they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.â€
Memories, happy ones, are a wonderful thing. We remember that family picnic, our grandparentâ€™s house, graduations, First Communions, that wonderful trip to Florida or Wildwood, our wedding day.
The best part of our memories is the people, those with the gleaming smile, the tender words, the comforting touch. We come across a scent, some food â€“ that special item mom or dad, grandma or grandpa prepared and memories flood back.
One of our hopes is that we might re-experience those moments, relive them with the same level of joy, expectation, happiness, and fun we experienced the first time around.
The best thing would be if those who are no longer with us, whether because of distance, or because they have been called home to the Lord, might rejoin us once again. As faithful Christians we know that one day we will be reunited those we love in the heavenly kingdom, but that seems not enough.
Our real desire is for living memory. This is different from far off memories, fading experiences that seem too distant. We donâ€™t want to be distant, we want to live in those moments, make them last forever.
Jesus knew this longing for living memory, so He did something about it. He created a living memory â€“ a new reality that we are part of every day. That living reality is found in our Holy Communion, the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is the principal sacrament-mystery of the Church. It is not just something we do, nor is it just a distant memory re-performed. It is Jesus coming among us just as He is. We know Him in Communion and we are part of Him in a living memory.
Communion is Jesus joining us together â€“ those with us today, those hundreds of miles away, even people weâ€™ve never met, all in His body and blood. The Eucharistic celebration of faith is where we meet and say: â€œYes, I know You Lord. Yes, I know you, my brothers, sisters, my family, and my friends, all who rejoice in being part of Jesus and having Jesus as part of them.â€