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Week of May 26, 2008
Partaking of the Eucharist makes us one with Christ
By RAMON GONZALEZ
The best way to honour the Father is to imitate the way Christ lived his life.
Jesus, who commanded that the Eucharist be celebrated through all the ages for the glory of the Father, is present in the Eucharist even though we cannot see him, the priest said.
Through the Eucharist, Jesus enables us to live the way he lived, Guimond said.
Jesus said, "If you eat my flesh and drink my blood, I will live in you."
We cling to life at all costs, but Jesus said if you want to save your life, you must lose it, Guimond recounted.
"You see, we are called to enter into the sacrifice of Christ but this has to be connected with love."
We believe Christ will come again and bring new life and resurrection. That's why we offer the Father this holy and living sacrifice of the Eucharist. "(But) we can't make that offering to the Father unless we have reconciled with him," Guimond noted.
"That's why we need the sacrament of Reconciliation. If we do something that separates us from God, we need to say we are sorry . . . before we make that offering."
Who will make that offering the way it should be?
"The Holy Spirit," he said.
When we eat the body of Christ and drink his blood, the Holy Spirit enables us to be one with Christ.
"That's what the Eucharist is meant to do with us - to make us an everlasting gift to the Father just like Jesus himself became a perfect gift offered to the Father."
Added Guimond, "We come to Mass to glorify God, not for entertainment. The best way to honour the Father is to imitate the way Christ lived his life. There is nothing greater that we can do."
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