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1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34; Ephesians 4:30—5:2; John 6:41-51

At the end of one of my scripture classes several years ago, a non-Catholic guest of one of our group members said to us: “The Catholic Church has a lot to offer to the world. If you would just get over your hang-up about communion being the real body and blood of Christ, you could get a lot more members.” I suggested she read chapter 6 of John’s Gospel. But I wonder sometimes if our belief in the Real Presence is as deep as it should be. Yes, we take elaborate care of tiny fragments of consecrated hosts. Yes, we protect the recipes for altar breads with detailed rules and regulations. But does receiving the Body and Blood of our God in Communion every week – or even every day – change us? Or is this simply one more thing we believe, disconnected from our lives except in a theoretical way?

How does sharing Communion change you?

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