The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. — 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
When we share a meal, we do not only share food. We also share our time, our stories, and our whole selves with the people we are eating with.
That is the beauty of the Mass and the Eucharist.
During the Mass, we are reminded of how Jesus shared the Passover meal with His disciples. He also shares His time, His stories and teachings, and even His whole self, including body and blood, with us.
Through the Mass and the Eucharist, we participate and are united in the body and blood of Christ.
At the same time, at the Mass, we also share the meal, the Passover Lamb, Jesus, with our brothers and sisters.
At the Mass, we also share our time, our stories, our attention, our lives, and ourselves with others.
Sometimes, that’s what we’re missing at the Mass — sharing ourselves and our lives with others.
One day, I wish we do not just attend the Mass and receive Jesus through the Eucharist. I wish we also become one and truly share ourselves with our brothers and sisters at church.
P.S. This is also why wherever we are in the world, we, Catholics, have the same readings, the same rituals, the same traditions. We all participate in one meal with God who is not bound by space or time. When we participate in the Mass and receive the Eucharist, we share ourselves and our lives with our brothers and sisters, all around the world, past, present, and future.