1 Corinthians 10:16

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?

American piety tends to have a strong isolationist streak. It tends to think that the way to God is to get away from people (“far from the madding crowd”) and then hunker down and follow our solitary vision in communion with God and God alone. But to receive communion as if it were a radio transmission device which hooks us up on a secure line with the Almighty and frees us from bothering about everybody else is in reality deeply uncatholic. For in the Catholic communion we commune not only with Christ but with each other. To be united with the Head is to be united with his Body. To be members of Christ is to be “members of one another” (Romans 12:5). Today, go to mass and remember your solidarity with the Body of Christ.

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