Holy Communion

The highest act that any human being can perform is Holy Communion.

To put it in simple terms (as I am so simple minded) Holy Communion is the intermingling  of our creaturely selves with the very Godhead who created us. It is God’s great Joy to play with His Children like this.

We do this by consuming His Body and Blood under the forms of Consecrated bread and wine, just as He taught us to.

It is as simple or complex as that. That is how Holy Mystery works.

Sadly this simple Sacrament has become sullied. You see the public spectacle of receiving this Gift has become more important in the public consciousness than the Gift Itself.

Thus we find outrageously public sinners queuing for Holy Communion for the sheer show-business value of it. This is like folks gathering at the foot of the Cross only to further their own personal publicity. Shocking stuff!

If I was a priest giving out Holy Communion, and I recognized a public sinner presenting themselves, I hope I would have the fortitude to give them a simple blessing instead, and thus head off another sacrilege.

I know that Our Lord risked sacrilege by His Incarnation, and indeed courted it by His Passion and Death. As His disciples, I think it only meet that we be maximally respectful in carrying out our humble duties to Him, that we maintain a certain sacredness towards Him.

Access to the Blessed Sacrament is not for any Tom, Dick or Harry. No Sir!

 

 

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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7 Responses to Holy Communion

  1. Robert says:

    The highest Act a human can perform is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
    The perpetual sacrifice is the necessary reparation for the Sins (accumulating) of the World.

    I do not confuse Holy Communion with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is the priest that offers the Sacrifice. The priest is the mediator between Men and God and it is His (not Hers) Communion that is the actually moment of sacrifice.

    Without priests and the Holy Sacrifice reparation to God is impossible for this Sinful world.

    Communion is the receiving and putting on of the flesh of Adam (before the Fall) which is the Man Gods flesh and the Trinity (since God is only present where there is NO Sin).

  2. Brother Burrito:
    In an otherwise encouraging “devotional”, I was disappointed with the use of the term “cojones” in relation to the Blessed Sacrament; I would have thought the term “fortitude”, as in Acts 6:8 (DRB) & Isaiah 11:2, would have been more devotional while making the same point.
    (Retired Anglican) Bishop Collier

  3. JabbaPapa says:

    The highest act that any human being can perform is Holy Communion

    erm, not sure that’s true. You’re not mentioning “to be incarnated as a living soul”, “to convert to the Faith, ” “to be Baptised”, or in the case of the Holy Saint Mary, to say “yes” to the Angel of the Lord which is surely the highest mortally human act ever committed ? To say nothing of human acts in the Afterlife !!

    All of these are of course Present in Eucharist.

    Bless the Lord !!!

    Roger :

    God is only present where there is NO Sin

    The Cross where He suffered the Passion is the locus of all Sin.

    No, God is Everywhere, including where and when we shall sin against Him.

    Re-read the Parables of the lost sheep, and the two brothers/prodigal son, or the Books of Jonas and Job.

  4. toadspittle says:

    “If I was a priest giving out Holy Communion, and I recognized a public sinner presenting themselves, I hope I would have the cojones to give them a simple blessing instead,”

    1: What constitutes “a public sinner”? How can we identify one? (Apart from myself, of course)
    2: How can we be sure this “public sinner” has not made a full (private) confession, and received absolution for their sins, beforehand?

  5. Brother Burrito says:

    Thank you Bishop Collier for your kindly admonishment, which I fully accept. I will amend the offending word.

  6. JabbaPapa says:

    Toad : How can we be sure this “public sinner” has not made a full (private) confession, and received absolution for their sins, beforehand?

    Quite — particularly in this Holy Year of Plenary Indulgences.

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