Why Is the Eucharist Important?

Quite simply, the Eucharist is at the very center of the Christian life because the Eucharist is Jesus. The Eucharist is not simply an act of worship but an encounter with Christ, crucified and risen. That encounter transforms everything:

  1. It unites us with Christ: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:56)
  2. It renews us in the grace that we received at our Baptism and Confirmation. A steady diet of grace is essential to the Christian life.
  3. It separates us from sin, cleanses us of past sin and preserves us from future sin. The Eucharist is not only a meal but a sacrifice for our sins. 
  4. It strengthens us in love or charity, both for God and for our neighbor. Christ’s giving of Himself to us in the Eucharist is a supreme act of love for us.
  5. It draws us together as the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. We enter into the eternal relationship of love within the Holy Trinity. 
  6. It gives us a glimpse of Christ’s coming kingdom. When circumstances allow, the Eucharist viaticum is the final Sacrament we receive in anticipation of our death, providing us food for our journey into the next life.