But why does God constitute something that is extremely difficult to accept? God created the universe so that we could exist and enjoy his love forever. To this end, he revealed himself to the whole world through a “Chosen People,” established a covenant of love with them. He continues to reveal Himself (although veiled under bread and wine) through His beloved bride the Church particularly through her priests. It is through the church that we have an opportunity to be united with Him. So, God creates the universe to house the Church and the church is established to House the Eucharist (Himself) to be present among His new adopted sons and daughters. God wants us to have the eyes of faith, therefor he remains hidden from the eyes of the world that refuses to accept him as His own chosen people refused to accept Him and condemned Him because their blindness and deafness as the prophet Isaiah proclaims.
The Eucharist is not a mere symbol but it is alive with the Life of God. When we receive Him, we receive His whole life, soul, and all who are bound to Him. It is the proper way to be in communion with our loved ones who have passed. If they are part of the body of Christ and we receive the body of Christ at Mass then we are also receiving them. This is why it is called Holy Communion, it is the Sacrament that binds us all in heaven and on earth through Christ our mediator. It is why St. Paul in his letter calls us all to discern the Body and Blood prior to receiving Him unless we condemn our own self if we are receiving unworthily. However, for those who cannot worthily receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, they can receive Him and be bound to Him spiritually. “A faith that does not go beyond human feelings is not faith at all, just as a faith that does not go beyond seeing – a faith that says “seeing is believing” – is no faith at all”-Peter Kreeft. Just as we see individual Christians but not see the body of Christ so we also see the Body and Blood of Christ but not actually seeing Him. They are both hidden in a way just as the other sacraments, the physical change does not appear present but the Soul rejoices in the inner chamber of our being.
But faith, cannot just come blindly, it needs our seeking of reason and truth. To believe in the Eucharist, we have to believe in:
- The Apostles who passed on the Word of God/Christ
- The Catholic Church who continues to proclaim His truth
- In history, who the church has been remolding into His-Story
- In the catholic synods, that conformed the Holy Scripture as inspired by God
Early on the Church has devoted herself to the lord’s command: ‘They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.…’” 168 (Acts 2:42). Until today we continue to receive Christ in two forms at any Catholic Mass; the proclamation of His word (the first Half of the Mass) and the Proclamation and celebration of His life, Passion, Death, Burial and Resurrection which is (the second part of the Mass). “The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value” (CCC 1368). Why is Sunday an obligation for all Catholics…Because the Early Church understood the importance of the second coming (the parousia-arrival/presence) of Christ not just at the end of the age but His true presence here on earth.