The Christian celebration of the Eucharist is a celebration of the covenant or relationship between God and us. Catholic Social Teaching invites us to make this covenant real in our social relations. The communion which we share “in church” is a communion which we must be reflected in how we live in society.
We can reflect on our communal sacramental celebration of Eucharist:
- Does our celebration of the Eucharist reflect the excitement and joy of being one in community?
- Does our celebration reflect a spirit of deep “solidarity?"
- Are we celebrating our solidarity as the living Mystical Body of Christ?
- Do we recognize Christ in the breaking of the bread?
- Is everyone welcome? Is there diversity in our community?
- Does the Eucharist empower us for action – for life?
We can ask similar questions as we live out the Eucharist as a community:
- How are we in solidarity with the poor in our city and in the world?
- Do we offer direct service to those in need?
- Does our solidarity move from the works of charity toward the works of justice?
- Do we work for that “social change” that will heal the structures and systems that keep us apart – that prevent us from being one body?
- Do we live in a sustainable way respecting creation?
- How are we the living Body of Christ in the world?
PRAYER OF MANY BREADS
Adapted by Joseph McOscar from Janet Schaffran and Pat Kozak, More Than Words.
We pray then, good and gracious God,
that we might recognize you in the breaking of bread today.
May we recognize you
every time we join someone on a journey,
every time we share a meal,
every time we take bread in our hands.
And may this recognition call forth such joy in us
that we might never lose sight of your goodness.
May it inspire such love in us that our hearts
might continue to burn within us,
keeping alive your memory and your promise.
And may it provide such a longing for truth in us
that we will never be satisfied
until the whole earth experiences your justice and your peace.
By John Bucki