Life in the Eucharist (LITE) presents five specific topics that open up the riches of the Eucharist as Celebration, Contemplation, and Communion. This approach offers a comprehensive view of the eucharistic mystery.
LIFE IN THE EUCHARIST―SACRAMENTAL REFLECTIONS
Session 1: Eucharist―God’s Love as Nourishment in Jesus Christ
The celebration of the Eucharist is a communal meal during which God’s hungry creation is fed with the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation in Jesus Christ, through word and sacrament.
Session 2: Eucharist―God’s Love as Reconciliation in Jesus Christ
The celebration of the Eucharist is a reconciling event for all who come to the table. The Eucharist invites us to experience and to accept the reconciliation that is ours in the proclamation of God’s word and in remembering Christ’s saving passion, death, and resurrection.
Session 3: Eucharist―God’s Love as Transformation in Jesus Christ
The celebration of the Eucharist provides a religious framework for individual believers and the worshiping community by which they can unite their daily lives and concerns with the sacrifice of Christ, and thus experience the transformation of these through the working of the Holy Spirit. This session seeks to elucidate what full, conscious, and active participation in the Eucharist means.
Session 4: Eucharist―God’s Love as Abiding Presence in Jesus Christ
The presence of Christ in word and sacrament invites a response of faith from all who take part in the celebration of the Eucharist. Contemplation, praying in the presence of the Eucharist, opens one to the transforming presence of the risen Lord and the full meaning of the paschal mystery.
Session 5: Eucharist―God’s Love as Mission in Jesus Christ
The final session is a celebration of the Eucharist, at which the homily focuses on the Eucharist and liberation. The goal is to draw out from the lives of various twentieth-century men and women (e.g., Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Pedro Arrupe, Teresa of Calcutta, Oscar Romero, etc.) the role the Eucharist plays in the conversion to justice. Genuine communion is both with Christ and with the suffering members of his body.
LIFE IN THE EUCHARIST―SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS
Session 1: Eucharist―God’s Love as Covenant in Jesus Christ
The origin of the Eucharist is found in the very origin of the world. In the beginning, God established a covenant of intimacy and love with the human family. This relationship was broken time and time again by sin. It is only in Jesus that the new and eternal covenant was established in his blood poured out for the forgiveness of sin.
Session 2: Eucharist―God Love as Sacrifice in Jesus Christ
Israel’s covenant with God was often sealed with a sacrificial offering and shared meal, signifying the bond between God and the people and bringing about a change in their life. Jesus gave his life out of love for the world to be the sacrifice which is pleasing to God. The church participates in this sacrifice of praise in every Eucharist.
Session 3: Eucharist―God’s Love as Memorial in Jesus Christ
The story of salvation is found in the collective memory of God’s people, celebrated and passed down from generation to generation. Remembering and retelling God’s saving deeds makes the event live again in the consciousness of the people, so all can experience its saving effects.
Session 4: Eucharist―God’s Love as Praise and Blessing (Berakah) in Jesus Christ.
In the memorial meal, the people, aware of God’s presence with them at table, acknowledged the divine presence with prayers of blessing for the gifts they had received. The Eucharist is a berakah expressing gratitude for the good things of the earth now being shared in table fellowship with Jesus.
Session 5: Eucharist―God’s Love as Prophetic Service in Jesus Christ.
The prophets listened to the word of God and called the people to live in fidelity to that word. In the Eucharist, we hear and ponder the word of God for our world today. Echoing the words of the prophet Micah (Mi 6:8), we are called as a eucharistic people to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with God.
Format of Sessions
- Introduction to the theme of the session;
- Prayer of centering with a eucharistic hymn to enable the participants to get in touch with their own experience of the theme;
- Personal reflection (with prepared worksheet) and small-group sharing;
- Large-group sharing on the results of the small-group process;
- Teaching/input from the facilitators on theological, biblical, and liturgical aspects of the session theme;
- Closing prayer service.