“A Christianity without a liturgy, I dare say, is perhaps a Christianity without Christ. Without Christ in full. Even in the sparest rite, such as that which some Christians have celebrated and continue to celebrate in places of incarceration, or in the seclusion of a house during times of persecution, Christ is truly present and gives Himself to His faithful.” – Pope Francis
“The liturgy, in itself, is not only spontaneous prayer, but something more and more original: it is an act that founds the whole Christian experience and, therefore, also prayer. It is event, it is happening, it is presence, it is encounter. It is an encounter with Christ.” – Pope Francis
“Nevertheless the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the some time it is the font from which all her power flows.” – Vatican II
In the Eucharist, we receive the Lord, are formed and nourished and made ready to live as followers of Jesus Christ in the course of our daily lives. When we think about it in this way, being sent out is part of the purpose in our coming to Mass in the first place.
The Eucharist is the summit of the Christian life. It is the high point from which we find directions and perspective. When we orient our lives with Eucharist as the summit, the rest of our lives take shape. The Eucharist becomes our reference point from which our daily decisions and actions come into focus with Christ at the center of our lives.
The Eucharist is the source of our lives as Catholic Christians. In the Eucharist, we are formed as Christ’s people and nourished to live as disciples in the world. We come to the source and are sent forth in mission.