Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116 I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-26
Over the past decade or so, or maybe even longer, the Health world has been flooded with the notion of super foods.
These are foods that are considered "power houses" of nutrients that contain antioxidants, minerals, vitamins that when consumed i a regular diet are meant to reduce the risk of chronic disease, prolong life, make us healthier and even thinner.
Now, who doesn't want to be healthier or even thinner.
The common super foods that we hear about all the time is Kale, Broccoli, Salmon, Blueberries, Tomatoes, and oats. A regular diet of these are meant to make us healthier.
The health world is always tinkering with diets that are good for us.
I wonder if bacon is considered a superfood. Or I wonder if kale wrapped in bacon still counts as a superfood.
What about spiritual food?
We all have unhealthy spiritual lives! We all have struggles and addictions and other vices that deeply affect our life and the lives of those we love and encounter daily.
What food has Jesus given us to be a "powerhouse" of grace for us as we journey back to him?
Thin about the last time you did something you knew you shouldn't do? Or think about for struggle against vice, that same ole temptation that seems to snag you every time?
Perhaps its pornography or drinking excessively, or gossiping, or speak ill of others, or maybe it is just pure unadulterated laziness, or maybe its being irritable at authority. What ever it maybe, Jesus has a solution.
This is where the Eucharist come in for our benefit and good. God's grace is his assistance that we might do what is true and good.
The church teaches that when we receive the eucharist, what material food does for our body communion achieves for us spiritually.
1)it augments our union with Christ. This is the principal fruit of communion, intimate union with Jesus. Jesus says he who eats my body and drinks my blood, abides in me and I in him. Don't we need to be more united to Christ so that his strength becomes our strength. Receiving the Eucharist is like riding on a tandem Bike with Jesus. He is pushing the pedals right along side with us.
2)When we receive the Eucharist the grace preserves, increases, and renewed the grace of baptism. This means that our divine sonship is deepen. Our life becomes more receptive to the working of the spirit in our life. The Eucharist fine tunes our life and sync us with the Holy SPirit. How awesome is that.
3)It separates us from sins that is is cleanses us from past sins and preserves us from future sin. Don't we need that to happen in our life. The Eucharist is like yard guard for mosquitoes, it keeps temptation at bay.
4) it strengthens our charity that tends to be weakened by daily life, by the daily grind of living, of coming and going. The Eucharist revives charity and it breaks our disorder attachments to self and roots us more firmly in Christ.
Talk about a super food that is worth the investment. A daily dose of the Eucharist is essential. In fact, one of the greatest compliments is to be called a daily communicant. A daily communicant is one who sets a side time daily to participate in the divine life that is offered to us in the Eucharist.
Here is the true super food.