The covenants that God has made with His people down through the ages have all been rooted in and built upon love. The one thing that has never changed in them all is God’s commitment to us in love! It is we the people who have constantly violated the covenants by failing to love God or one another. God has repeatedly given us another chance culminating with the latest and last of all the covenants in the blood of His Son, Jesus.

Every time we celebrate the Eucharist we recall this covenant in the blood of Jesus as the bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus. When we eat and drink of Jesus’ Body and Blood in Holy Communion we reaffirm our commitment to this covenant of love. Receiving Communion is not just a part of the ritual of the Eucharist; it is the part whereby we are invited to ratify the covenant with our own commitment to its ongoing place in our lives. This means that we are reaffirming our commitment to live lives of love and sacrifice in imitation of Jesus whose life we share in the Sacrament of the Eucharist!

The Eucharist is a sacred and serious event. It is the heart of our faith, the highest form of worship, the greatest expression of god’s ongoing love for us, our commitment to His love and the place where we celebrate as community the single event that unites humanity as one within itself and as one with God. It is because the Eucharist is such an important celebration that it becomes a necessary part of our weekly lives. In fact we are encouraged to celebrate Eucharist daily in order to draw from its wealth of graces and blessings. Through the Eucharist we become more fully who we are – the Sons and Daughters of the Living God.

In the ordinariness of our daily lives we live the fullness of the Eucharist only if we are committed to loving our neighbor at all times. This sort of life is the only one that is faithful to the Gospel in its fullness. This is true discipleship as preached by Jesus while He was here on earth. The Commandments and the more detailed moral teaching of the Church are also expressions of the nature of our commitment to loving God and our neighbor. Let us pray that we will be faithful to them every moment of our lives.

Am I faithful to celebrating Mass every Sunday? What about daily Mass – is it possible for me to go to Mass even a couple of the weekdays?

Holy Spirit, teach me how to be committed to love in my life. Strengthen me through my commitment to living my life in accordance with the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Grant me the grace to understand its significance for more life more deeply.