Brothers and Sisters,
Christ gave seven holy Sacraments to His Church, and we have always seen that the Eucharist gets the most attention. Baptism starts us off as Christians, but we don’t see Baptisms every week; Confirmation is an important sacrament, but this, like Baptism, we receive only once. While there are sacraments like Confession which we receive many times (hopefully regularly) the Eucharist remains the most special and precious of the sacraments.
The famous title of the Eucharist is the “Blessed Sacrament.” It is through this sacrament that we receive grace in greatest measure, that Christ gives grace most regularly, and from-which we gain the greatest ability to act as Christians.
This is why the Eucharist is at the centre and heart of the Holy Faith. The most prominent activity at every parish around the world is the Mass which, of course, focuses on both the reading of the Bible and the consecration of the Eucharist.
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (often simply called “Padre Pio”) wrote that the world “could more easily survive without the Sun than without the Holy Mass.” His turn of phrase is brilliant in that he is giving us a “behind the scenes” look at what happens to our souls when we dismiss the Mass and Eucharist from our weekend activities. Even when our body dies, the soul continues to exist; a meteor could wipe out the Earth but our souls will continue to exist. Yet, without the Mass – without the Eucharist – our souls are curtailed, benched, sidelined, and weakened.
So, to paraphrase Saint Pio: do yourself a favor…go to Mass, receive the Eucharist if you’re able; and if you’re not able, then go to Confession and get the Eucharist soon. Give your soul precisely what it needs to see the shining glow of the Son: His Most Sacred Body and Most Precious Blood.
God be near, Father Jeremy Pastor