Cardinal's Network Archive
Monday, July 27, 2009
Radical Gift from God
In survey after survey, poll results show a marked difference in convictions and attitudes between Catholics who go regularly to Mass each Sunday and those who don’t.
Many reasons could be given for this difference, but I would like to think that it is primarily because of the Eucharist itself. When we hear again the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to St. John, which is being read these summer Sundays, we realize anew how radically different the Eucharist is from every other gift of God. The people to whom Jesus promised the Eucharist realized how it would change their lives, and they rejected it.
Because the Eucharist as an eschatological banquet draws us into the end of time and the fullness of God’s Kingdom, it puts everything we experience now into a new perspective. If you want to stay trapped in the status quo, don’t participate in the Eucharist. If you want to be open to seeing things as God sees them, go to Mass; but it can be a dangerous choice. That’s why people stay away.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI