In this Sacrament, Jesus gives us Himself, His true Body and Blood as we receive the bread and wine. On the night He was betrayed and before He was put to death, Jesus celebrated this Meal with His disciples assuring us that each time we receive it, we are again remembering His death and receiving the full benefits of His grace, namely the forgiveness of sin.
In 1 Corinthians 11, St. Paul says that we should “Examine ourselves” ahead of time. We can do so each time by asking ourselves these basic questions:
- Do I acknowledge the fact that I am indeed a sinner and that I am sorry for my sin?
- Do I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior from all sin?
- Am I trusting in Jesus’ promise that I receive full pardon and strength through this Holy Meal?
- Do I believe that the body and blood of Jesus is truly present in, with and under the bread and the wine of Holy Communion?
- Finally, with the Lord’s help, will I seek to amend my life and live in conformity with His Holy Will?
Jesus Himself invites baptized followers, who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior, who recognize their sinful condition and who seek His forgiveness, to come to His Table to receive His precious Body and Blood. May the Lord bless your personal reception as well as your daily living under His power and blessing. Who is worthy to attend the Sacrament? One is worthy to receive who has faith in these words, “Given and shed for you.”