The Word Among Us

June 2004 Issue

Become What You Receive

At Mass, God can do much more than just sustain our spiritual life.

Have you ever noticed how earthy the celebration of the Eucharist is? Despite all the "mystery" that surrounds the sacrament, it still remains rooted in the very natural, everyday substances of our lives. For example, the basic elements of Communion are nothing more than wheat and grapes reduced to flour, water, and sugar. The ingredients are so very simple, yet when transformed by the Spirit, they become life-giving and powerful.

Think, too, about the way we celebrate the Mass. For all the ways we are encouraged to sharpen our spiritual senses and focus on heaven, our...

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