The Word Among Us

June 2024 Issue

The Eucharist Reveals Our Identity

We Are Christ’s Beloved and His Body in the World

By: Bishop Andrew Cozzens

The Eucharist Reveals Our Identity: We Are Christ’s Beloved and His Body in the World by Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Right before I entered the seminary in 1993, I attended World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado. Seeing and hearing Pope John Paul II had a profound effect on me, and I ended up spending a lot of my life studying his theology. One of the things I love about John Paul II is the paradigm he gives us for understanding human life. It consists of three words: relationship, identity, and mission.

Let me explain. Relationship is the most important thing in our lives; it’s one of the strongest sources of our identity. I know who I...


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