Friday, November 27, 2009

Thank You

(Above is pictured the Eucharist celebrated in the Catacombs of St. Priscilla in Rome)

Father William O'Malley offers this thought on gratitude:

Someone(do you remember who?) taught you how to read, and other people challenged you to read more and more complex writing, year after year. How many of us ever thought to thank them for such an inestimable gift?

The word "Eucharist" means thanksgiving. And to appreciate that, one must be humble enough to accept how stunningly blessed and privileged each of us is.

The true question is not what is the Eucharist, but who is the Eucharist.

The Catechism says:We must therefore consider the Eucharist as: thanksgiving and praise to the Father; the sacrificial memorial of Christ and His Body, the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit.