and Blood are manifested under the
appearance of bread and wine. In the
celebration, the bread is offered and
becomes his Body; the wine is offered
and becomes his Blood. He is Emmanuel, “God with us.” The mystery
of faith is revealed: When we eat this
bread and drink this cup we proclaim
his death until he comes again.
The “come again” part is experi-
enced in two ways. One is that Jesus
will come again at the end of time.
When that day comes, when our lives
in this world end, Jesus will appear.
“I will come back again,” he said,
“and take you to myself.” He joins
us in suffering and death so that we
might join him in resurrection and
glory. Halleluiah! Come Lord Jesus!
The other way is that Jesus
comes all the time. As he comes in
Baptism to unite us with himself
A CORE BELIEF
is that the
Eucharist is the
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in dying and rising, and to wash us
clean of our sins, so he comes to us
again and again in the sacraments
of the church. He is present in the
power of the Holy Spirit that comes
to us in the sacrament of Confirmation. The union of husband and wife
is a sign of the union of Christ and
In the sacrament of Reconciliation we encounter Jesus who is the
forgiveness of our sins. The person
of the ordained minister becomes
the person of Christ at the table
of the Word of God and the sacrament of his Body and Blood. The
Eucharist is itself the Real Presence
of Christ among us and within us.
In the end we are anointed and are
In union with Christ
joined with Christ, the anointed
one, in suffering and death. In all
these experiences, Jesus is Christ
and Messiah, the hope and expecta-
tion of all people for all time.
All of the above is communion with
Jesus. Everything we believe about Je-
sus is realized in the meal of his Body
and Blood. We become what we eat.
In that he has taken the form of our
human existence, bearing the cross
of our sins, suffering with us, even
dying with us, so too we are invited to
join him in the reality of his divinity.
To the degree that we conform our
thoughts, words, and actions to that
of Jesus, then to that degree we are
one with him. Jesus has done his part.
It remains for us to do ours. =
lowing Jesus: Be ready for some surprises.”