The Eucharist is an opportunity for each of us to encounter Christ as sacrament through the reenactment of the Paschal Mystery: life, death, resurrection, ascension. “The authentic sense of the Eucharist becomes itself the school of active love for neighbor. We know that this is the true and full order of love that the Lord has taught us. The Eucharist educates us to this love in a deeper way; it shows us, in fact, what values each person, our brother or sister, has in God’s eyes, if Christ offers Himself to each one, under the species of bread and wine. If our Eucharistic worship is authentic, it must make us grow in awareness of the dignity of each person. The awareness of the dignity becomes the deepest motive of our relationship with our neighbor.”
“We must also become particularly sensitive to all human suffering and misery, to all injustice and wrong, and seek the way to redress them effectively. Let us learn to discover with respect the truth about the inner self of people, for it is precisely this inner self that becomes the dwelling place of God present in the Eucharist. Christ comes into the hearts of our brothers and sisters and visits their consciences. How the image of each and every one changes, when we become aware of this reality, when we make it the subject of our reflections!” (Mystery and Worship of the Holy Eucharist, Pope John Paul II, par. 6).
Upon reflection, we realize that Eucharist has many levels to be explored and experienced throughout our lifetime. Through participation in the Eucharist we recognize this sacrament as the “heart of Christian life.” “It helps people understand that celebration of the Eucharist nourishes the faithful with Christ, the Bread of Life, in order that, filled with the love of God and neighbor, they may become more and more a people acceptable to God and build up the Christian community with works of charity, service, missionary activity, and witness.” (National Catechetical Directory, p. 70)
“And what predisposes us more to be ‘true witnesses of Christ’ before the world than Eucharistic communion, in which Christ bears witness to us, and we to Him!” (Mystery and Worship of the Holy Eucharist, Pope John Paul II, par.7)