Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.John 6:54-55
A few months ago, I read this article about why Catholics should receive the Eucharist on the tongue and not in the hand. To tell the truth, I’ve only ever received the Eucharist on my tongue once before reading this article. I always thought that it was more comfortable to receive the Eucharist in my hands, but after reading that article, I’ll never receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of my Savior in my hand again.
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The Eucharist is in fact the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It is not a symbol; it’s our Savior’s true presence. Without reserve, he graciously gives us the most precious gift of himself in the form of bread and wine so that we can be united with him. The Eucharist is entirely Jesus Christ, therefore, it’s crucial that we receive all of him. If we receive the Eucharist in our hands, and even if the tiniest speck breaks off, that speck is still Jesus Christ. If a speck of the Eucharist falls on the floor, then Jesus Christ has fallen on the floor. If we step on that speck of the Eucharist, then we’re stepping on Jesus Christ himself.
If your heart yearns for Christ, then this fact should shatter your soul. Realizing that for years I could have been dropping Jesus and allowing others and myself to step on him breaks my heart.
By receiving the Eucharist on the tongue, we protect Jesus’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. How beautiful is it that the God of the Universe humbles himself to be so vulnerable in the Eucharist? How incredible is it that our all-powerful and almighty God who has no need to be protected willingly becomes bread and wine that must be cherished so that we might be united with him? Appearing as bread and wine, we express the cornerstone of our faith by revering his true presence. When I received the Eucharist on my tongue for the first time in years, I was nervous, but by doing so, I loved Jesus more deeply. I recognized and felt his presence more fully. It’s the true mark of our faith and love for our Savior to treat the Eucharist with the utmost respect. This is why I humbly and reverently receive the Eucharist on my tongue from now on.