Our Only Communion

People attend the Eucharistic Celebration for different reasons: one attends the Holy Mass to pray for the granting of his “petitions and requests”, another due to his “devotion for holiness”, while a third attends “to fulfill Sunday requirements”. While these are also valid in one way or the other as we are anyway before the Holy Presence of God, our main reason to attend the Holy Mass should be,    

To celebrate God’s love for us. We are here to praise and to give thanks to God”, said Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB in his homily today. “Maybe we just have to focus our prayers while attending Mass to express thanks and to honor God. We honor Him because we put our hope in Him. We trust everything to Him, we just put our hope in Him. ‘You are all-powerful, that’s why we honor and worship You’. We are here to celebrate the greatness of God. And we celebrate it through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”

(Ang Misa ay pagdiriwang ng pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin. Narito tayo upang purihin, pasalamatan ang DiyosI-focus mo ngayon yung dasal mo pag ikaw ay nagsisimba, na magpasalamat, at magpugay. Tapos magpupugay tayo sapagkat umaasa tayo sa Kanya. Siya ang bahala, asa lang tayo sa Kanya. ‘Makapangyarihan Ka, kaya nagpupugay kami sa Iyo.’ Narito tayo para magdiwang ng kadakilaan ng Diyos. At ipinagdiriwang natin sa pamamagitan ng Banal na Misa.)

In the Gospel (Mk. 14: 12-16, 22-26), Jesus, 

“…took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take itthis 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.”

At Holy Mass, during the consecration of the bread and wine, we know that God the Son is present in veiled form. Our eyes do not see, our senses do not perceive, but we believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is present in the Holy Eucharist. This is not only symbolical but indeed “the real Body and Blood of Christ”. Therefore, every time we receive the Lord in Holy Communion, we should do it in total awe and reverence of God’s presence. We should approach it like we did in our first Communion, as if it’s “our last Communion, our only Communion” (Catholic Mom)

Today, let us reflect on this awesome and wonderful privilege that God gave us in the Holy Eucharist. Let this reflection allow the deepening of our faith to grow in love and respect of the Son of God, who is present in the Tabernacles of countless churches. “I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.”  (Jn.6: 51)

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