From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…January 21, 2018

It has come  to  my attention  from  multiple  sources that one of my assumptions  is wrong. That probably does not come as a shock to anyone; assumptions are often wrong.  The assumption  has to do with people’s  understanding  and appreciation of Adoration and Benediction. We celebrate Adoration  and  Benediction  (almost)  every  Wednesday  at St. Mary and after Mass on the first Tuesday of the month at St. Anthony.  Since my assumption  about this has been wrong, it would be good to take some time to go over this.

It begins  with  remembering  what  we believe  about the Eucharist,  that  the  Eucharist  is Jesus,  Body and  Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Eucharist is the whole Christ who has existed  before  all  ages,  who  was  born  in  Bethl e hem,  who suffered, died, rose again, and who now reigns in glory. Each bread that is consecrated,  and each  particle of each  bread, is no longer bread, but is Christ. This is why we take such great care of the Eucharist at Mass.

We use different terminology to better define and talk about Christ in the Eucharist, one term being “Real  Presence” to reference how Christ is uniquely, really, and truly present to us in the Eucharist. We know that Christ is always present to us as God who remains essentially  present to all creation.  We know Christ is present to us in Sacred Scripture. He is present to us members of His Body gathered in prayer; He tells us that where two or three are gathered in His name He is in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20).

Christ’s  Real Presence in the Eucharist is something more. We can be present to another  person in different  ways: we could be on the phone with someone;  we could be in the next to someone but not paying attention to them; we could be deeply engrossed in conversation  with someone. There is something  different  about  each  of  these,  though  we  could rightly call each of them being  present to someone.  Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist is something  more than all the other ways Christ is present to us.

This  doesn’t  diminish  Christ’s other  ways of  being present, but it shows us the exalted status of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. This something more manifests how truly awesome  the  Eucharist  is, that  Christ  is  present  whole  and entire, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. The only thing that is not present is the physical manifestation  of Christ (e.g. we don’t  see His actual  face). Apart from heaven, we will never be closer to Christ nor will He be more present to us than in the Eucharist.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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