The Eucharist and the Laity Print
Sunday, 28 January 2007 21:48

Written by Keith Strohm

Amy Welborn has some fascinating quotes from the Bishops' Synod on the Eucharist that took place in Rome last year. I found one from the head of the Pontifical Council of the Laity particularly inspiring--as it speaks directly to the connection between the Eucharist and our fundamental identity as lay members of Christ's People:

The Eucharistic celebration constitutes a privileged place where one achievesthe full, mature and coherent Christian identity of the lay faithful. Because itis in the Eucharist that a lay Christian fully realizes his participation in the triple mission entrusted to him by Christ: priestly, prophetic and royal. The priestly mission: in the Eucharist the Christian discovers his doxological vocation, he discovers that his whole life in all its dimensions must become a spiritual worship and a spiritual sacrifice united to the one of Christ. The prophetic mission: the Eucharist opens up to the mission, that is the Christian testimony in the world and the proclamation of the Word of God right up to the ends of the world.

How powerful--and how profound. Our identity is found in the great Gift of Christ's Substance--His life broken open and offered for the Salvation of the world. There is also a royal dimension to our lives as laypeople, for Christ has given us Creation to govern, so that we might judge and see and act as Christ judges and sees and acts--in accordance with the Will of the Father. As Children of a King, we are called to live our lives in such a way, to govern, so that we might redeem the social and institutional structures of our world and, as John Paul II wrote in Christifideles Laici, "to restore to creation all of its original dignity."

Praise God for His desire to include us in his work of Love--the Salvation and Redemption of each human person.