Let me start my reflection with my favorite quote on the Eucharist. St. Augustine said, "Behold what you are, become what you receive." This quotation played an important role in my meditation on every mass I attend where I receive the Body of Christ.
As they say, "You are what you eat!" and this makes me shiver to have that dignity and opportunity to receive the Son of God into my own body. However, with this feeling of unworthiness comes the consolation that God is indeed merciful and loving that God made my body it’s dwelling place.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have been receiving the sacred host, the Body of Christ for countless years already! But the question is what effect does it have with our life?
"Behold what you are, become what you receive." The gospel today reminds us that as we receive the body and blood of Christ in every mass, we become him as he said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” This humility of God to be with His creation brings is a moment of grace. We become sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ. Regardless of our status in life, our educational background, occupation or status in society; all of us who receive the Body of Christ are called in the same vocation, to become Jesus whom we love and adore. "Behold what you are, become what you receive."
The Eucharist brings us into the fold of Christ, a sign of unity in the name of Jesus and in communion with God the Father in the love and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Through the Eucharist, we gather in the one table with the Lord, and together we worship God the Father in the love of the Holy Spirit. "Behold what you are, become what you receive."
My Friends, in the first two centuries of Christianity, the first Christians was persecuted in a grand scale and intensity. But what made them strong, persevere and outlast that difficult times? It was the Eucharist. As they gather together in houses for the Sunday celebration, the word of God and the breaking of the bread nourished their hunger and thirst for God. We hear from the Acts of the Apostles, that all were of one heart and one soul, and no single individual were needy as all were provided by the Christian community. "Behold what you are, become what you receive."
In today’s world, our culture made us consumers of services and products. Sadly, the Holy Eucharist became a commodity every Sunday where one must “get” it and consume it. As if a magical wafer for the cure of all maladies in life, we become numb to its relevance to our life. "Behold what you are, become what you receive."
Let us then meditate on these realities, and ask ourselves what are we becoming after receiving Jesus all these years? What is the effect of eating Jesus’ body and blood in every Mass?
My Brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus is inside us. Jesus lives in our hearts. Jesus our life, may you live in me and I in you. Amen.