Communion is part of the Holy Eucharist rite, one of the seven Holy Sacraments of the Catholic church. In the Holy Communion, the bread and wine are consecrated to symbolize Christ’s body and blood through the intermediate blessing of the priest. The bread and wine will then be distributed to the people of Christ to receive full spiritual communion. The very essence of this practice is receiving the entirety of Jesus Christ through the consecrated bread and wine so people may lead a Christ-like life while on Earth.
When I was young, I had been so curious about people lining up to the priest or a church servant to receive perhaps what I thought was candy of some sort when the mass nears the end. I remember asking my parents what it is for but I was always told that someday I would be old enough to understand and participate.
It is not just the act of receiving bread and wine that makes communion significant. More than anything else, this must be an opportunity to solemnly pray, ask God for forgiveness, thank God for all the blessings, and accept Him with all our hearts. During the consecration, total silence is observed, giving respect to the sacrament and earnestly reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice, sufferings, and his Last Supper on Earth.
According to Christian beliefs and historical accounts, it was during Christ’s final meal with his twelve apostles before he was crucified that became the scriptural basis of the Holy Communion and the sacrament of the Eucharist.
The Last Supper is one of the most reflected biblical events in Christ’s evangelistic life because it was during this meal when he predicted that one of his disciples will betray him and Peter will deny knowing him.
Because of the impact of this event in every Christian’s life, the communion has become a focus of meditation, which is still practiced during this modern time. Communion meditations are a great opportunity for people to reflect on Christ’s life here on Earth, especially the last moments when he made sacrifices to express his love for the people of God.
In communion meditations, the meditator reflects on the Word of God from the gospel that pertains to the Holy Communion. For example: “And while they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke and gave it to His disciples and said, ‘Take you and eat, this is my Body.” And taking the chalice He gave thanks and gave it to them saying, “Drink you all of this. For this is my Blood of the New Testament which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.’ (Matthew 26:26-28)” This passage is the central subject of communion meditation while the meditator reflects on the personal significance of Christ’s body and blood in his or her life.
The communion meditation guides a person to have powerful faith in Christ, to reflect in remembrance of him, his love, and his sacrifices, and to ready his or her self to accept Christ wholeheartedly.