Sharing in the Eucharist

Q. In the Divine Mercy Chaplet, since I myself am a sinner, how can I “offer” to the Father “the body and blood, soul and divinity” of the very Son of God for the atonement of sin? I have no authority to do that, have I?

Jerry Blair

A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin

The Church’s teaching on the Eucharist is clear and concise: The Body of Christ together with His Soul and Divinity and therefore the Whole Christ are truly present in the Eucharist. But the Eucharist is not simply the object of our worship; it is the foundation of our moral life. Thus the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “From the Church” the Christian “receives the grace of the sacraments that sustains him on the ‘way’” (No. 2030).

The Catechism also observes that, as members of Christ’s Body, we offer our bodies “with the offering of his Eucharist” (No. 2031). None of us will ever demonstrate the perfect holiness of Jesus, but the more deeply we participate in the sacramental life of the Church, the more we will be united to Christ, and be enabled to be his saving presence for others.

At the Last Supper Jesus offered us the chalice of his blood “for the forgiveness of sins” (Mt 26:28). The Catechism teaches, “The baptized person seeks to … fulfill God’s will in everything” (No. 2520). Our sharing in the Eucharist allows us, although unworthy, to continue Christ’s work begun on the cross, and to offer His life, with ours, for the salvation of the world.