Eucharist: The Summit of Life!

Romans 11:36

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory for ever. Amen.

If the Eucharist is Jesus and Jesus is God, then reality (all of it, not just the "religious" bits) is ultimately eucharistic.  We, like the Eucharist, shall be (like Jesus) taken, blessed, broken, and given.  It's the direction all reality is heading sooner or later.  The question is not whether we will go that way.  The question is how: willingly or unwillingly?  The great systems of evil and injustice from Nazism to Stalin to Radical Islam to American hedonism are, in the end, organized in order to avoid making that eucharistic choice to face death for the sake of love.  The ways in which the eucharistic self-offering is refused are different.  But the refusal is monotonously the same. Conversely, to say yes and make that self-offering in Christ is to enter into the really glorious diversity of the communion of saints and find the point of one's life in a way that is glorious.  We discover, in Christ, the meaning of all things, including our own lives, when we give our life away to Him.

Mark Shea

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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