We’ve all heard it before: “You are what you eat.” Never is that more true than when we consume the Most Holy Eucharist. In that small wafer lies an infinite God, an infinite God who laid down His life for our sins.
At this time in my life, the homily isn’t the high point of the Mass. So as my two- and four-year-olds dragged me out during the homily, I wasn’t too worried about missing it. But then we sat back down to hear the rest of the homily and I was confused when the homilist said, “You are what you eat in most instances, but not with the Eucharist.” He explained that while we transform our regular food, the Eucharist transforms us.
I keep thinking about what that homilist said. As I’ve pondered, “You are what you eat” in relation to the Eucharist, I can’t help but think about a hymn that claims, “We are Christ to one another.” Of course we’re called to be Christ-like, but actually being Christ…? Seems like a stretch. The same is true of the Eucharist, though. The fact that the thin wafer created by human hands and consecrated by the power of the Holy Spirit becomes Jesus’ body is just as unbelievable. Yet, I often feel like that conversion is more possible than me becoming Christ to someone else. Through God all things are possible, but does He really want millions of us to think we are Christ?
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Erika V. is a thirty-something mother of two (with four saints in heaven). With a degree in molecular biology, she works for her state’s police crime lab; although her dream is to stay home with her children and homeschool them. Her newly converted husband is a sometime auto mechanic and primarily a stay-at-home dad. Passionate about pro-life issues and science, she is a survivor of breast cancer while pregnant. At 20 weeks pregnant with her daughter (pregnancy number six), she was diagnosed with BRCA1 stage II breast cancer. When local doctors we stumped with the diagnosis, she traveled to MDAnderson where chemotherapy on pregnant women has been done for over twenty years. After delivering her baby girl and undergoing more chemotherapy, Erika has had a whirlwind of surgeries to combat the cancer as well as the complications of cancer treatments. Three years and eight surgeries later, she continues to be passionate about pro-life endeavors, even winning the local Right to Life group’s Life Award and serving on their working board of directors. She authors two blogs, one a mommy blog Biology Brain-Simon Says and one a breast cancer while pregnant blog Erika’s Miracle Journey. Blog posts are often filled with pro-life references, including medical journal articles supporting the pro-life position. While there isn’t often time, she also enjoys horses, reading, gardening, and KY bourbon.