Life in Communion with God
H.G Bishop Moussa
"He who eats My Flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in Him"
(Jn 6: 56).
St. John Chrysostom said, "How many of you say, ‘I wish to see the
appearance, looks and clothes of the Lord.’ Here, you see, touch and eat
Him, then you desire to see His clothes although He gave you Himself, not
only to see, but to also touch, eat and take inside of you." Meditate on this
great honour, the food that God offers you to enjoy.
By partaking of the Body and Blood of our Lord we abide in Him and Him in
us (Jn 6:56). Also in Jn. 15:4 Jesus says, "Abide in Me and I in you. As the
branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can
you, unless you abide in Me." In summary, the life of communion with God
gives us the fruit to continue to the eternal life. These fruits can be from
doing good deeds (Jam 2: 14 – 26) to the strength or the armor to fight the
wiles of the devil. Those who do not abide in God become withered and are
not able to produce the fruit to inherit the eternal life. (Jn. 15:6)
Many of us who do partake of Holy Communion wonder ‘why don’t I feel the
benefits of Holy Communion’? The late Bishop Yoannis says, " The answer is
very clear. It is because we do not prepare ourselves well enough to receive
this great sacrament. We do not spend the time or the effort in
preparation." Below are points to assist us in feeling the blessings of Holy
Communion in our life;
1. Stir your emotions and prepare yourself.
2. Meditate on God’s great love
3. Meditate on God’s great humility
4. During the Holy Liturgy stand in a quiet place
5. Present yourself for Holy Communion in awe and reverence of this great
6. After Holy Communion try to spend some quiet time reflecting on this
great sacrament that you have partaken of.
The regular partaking of the Eucharistic life is very important in our spiritual
life. It is through the power of the Body and Blood of our Saviour that we
receive the purification of our souls, bodies and spirit. In the early church,
"they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the
breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42) A number of people abstain
from presenting themselves for Holy Communion because they feel they are
not worthy for what ever reason. If we do not proceed for communion and
wait till we become righteous, this means we want to become righteous by
our own efforts. On the contrary, we should proceed in our weakness so it is
through the power of the sacrament that we become righteous.
The right preparation for Holy Communion is true repentance from the heart
and our determination to submit our life to God. To be worthy to partake of
the communion means to proceed in awe, fear and appreciation of the great
sacrament. St. Paul said, " For he that eats and drinks in an unworthy
manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s
body." (1 Cor 11:29) He also said, "let a man examine himself..." (1 Cor
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