What an incredible gift we are given in the Eucharist! The word ‘Eucharist’ has its origin in the Greek word eucharistia, which is a translation of the Hebrew word berekah. All three words mean thanksgiving or gratitude. With grateful hearts Sunday after Sunday each of us bring different kinds of gifts to the Mass. “What do Christians bring to the Eucharistic celebration and join there with Jesus’ offering?” The answer…“Their lives as Christian Disciples; their personal vocations and the stewardship they have exercised regarding them; their individual contributions to the great work of restoring all things in Christ” (1992 USCCB Pastoral Letter – Stewardship, A Disciple’s Response).
And then, we are sent! Sent out to be good stewards of what we have just received. St. Augustine said, “We hear ‘Body of Christ’ and we say ‘Amen!’ Be a member of the Body of Christ so that your ‘Amen’ may be the truth.” May your gratitude to God for the gift of Christ’s Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist inspire you, so that, your life is a reflection of your ‘Amen’.