Receive, Don’t Take: Reflecting on Corpus Christi

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion by canahouse on June 19, 2014

It’s important that you receive Eucharist; you don’t

take it.

God gave Adam and Eve a vast number of things for

their pleasure, but he told them that if they ate the fruit

from one tree, they would die.

The point of the story is that gifts must be given, not


-Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Our Lord told us to “Take and eat.”  Fr. Rolheiser tells us to “receive.”  Is there a way to “take” that is “reception?”  And if the form of the Eucharist (Taking, Blessing, Breaking and Giving) is to be the form of our lives, how do we take in a way that shows our appreciation for the unmerited Gift of life itself and our consequent obligation to share it with others?  The Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ–which we are–can prompt us to meditate and pray on the connection between taking as receiving and giving as nothing more than letting that which has been freely given to us flow through us and into others.  In other words, should we not be asking ourselves, “Having received the Body and Blood of Christ and believing with St. Paul that ‘(I)t is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20), does my life reflect this reality?”



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