Reflection on the Eucharist and the Trinity, He who eat the Eucharist, eats The Holy Spirit and Fire ‘Soul Institute’

When we receive the Eucharist we receive the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Saint Athanasius writes, “Even the gifts that the Spirit dispenses to individuals are given by the Father through the Word. For all that belongs to the Father belongs also to the Son, and so that graces given by the Son in the Spirit are true gifts of the Father. Similarly, when the Spirit dwells in us, the Word who bestows the Spirit is in us too, and the Father is present in the Word. This is the meaning of the text…’My Father and I will come to him and make our home with him.’ For where the light is, there also is the radiance; and where the radiance is, there too are its power and its resplendent grace….Just as grace is given from the Father through the Son, so there could be no communication of the gift to us except in the Holy Spirit. But when we share in the Spirit, we posses the love of the Father, the grace of the Son and the fellowship of the Spirit Himself.

John Paul II in ‘Ecclesia de Eucharistia’ writes, “Through our communion in his body and blood, Christ also grants us his Spirit. Saint Ephrem writes: ‘He called the bread his living body and he filled it with himself and his Spirit…He who eats it with faith, eats Fire and Spirit…Take and eat, all of you, and with it the Holy Spirit. For it is truly my body and whoever eats it will have eternal life. The Church implores this divine Gift, the source of every other gift, in the Eucharistic epiclesis. In the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, for example, we find the prayer ‘We beseech, implore and beg you: send your Holy Spirit upon all these gifts… and those who partake of them will be purified in soul, receive the forgiveness of their sins, and share in the Holy Spirit.”

Raniero Cantalamessa in his book ‘Come Creator Spirit’ writes, ” A broad glance at all the links between Jesus and the Spirit shows the reciprocity of their relationship better than any reasoned argument could do. First of all, in the incarnation the Spirit gives us Jesus, for Jesus was conceived ‘through the Holy Spirit.’ (Mat 1:18) Next, in the paschal mystery (and according to John, already on the cross), Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit. This relationship finds a parallel in the Eucharist. First, in the consecration, the Holy Spirit gives us Jesus (for it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that the bread becomes the body and the wine becomes the blood of Christ); next, in communion, Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit, for ‘anyone who joined to the Lord is one Spirit with him.'”(1 Cor 6:17)

Isaiah writes, “Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said, ‘Behold this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.”(Is 6:6-8) The burning coal is an image of the Eucharist on fire with the Holy Spirit. He who eats the Eucharist with faith eats the Holy Spirit and fire.

Though for the day when you receive the Eucharist today remember you are receive the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are receiving the entire Trinity. Jesus tells us, “My Father and I will come to him and make our home with him.” Saint Paul tells us, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

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