Holy Communion Received by Tongue

“DO NOT ACCEPT HIS BODY IN YOUR HANDS FOR SUCH IS THE WORK OF SATAN TO DEGRADE MY SON’S BODY.”

If the Eucharist is God, then why are we touching Him? Moses could not come within ten feet of the burning bush without taking off his shoes; the haemorrhaging woman crawled up to Jesus and barely grazed the hem of His garment; the saints have extolled the utter profundity of receiving the Eucharist.

In the Eucharist, the mysticism, the beauty, the awesomeness of God are all present. We must, we absolutely must, remember this when we approach Him at Mass. We should never forget that we owe everything to Him, and if we do not receive Him respectfully out of sheer reverence, then we should at least do so out of gratitude. As the pastor at this church finished his short exhortation by saying, “I urge all of you to receive on the tongue, and if you don’t like to, offer it up!”    

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