There is Power in the Eucharist
If Catholics really understood their faith there would be lines down the block for every mass. Probably the biggest thing we don’t understood is the Eucharist. Surveys say that only thirty per cent of Catholics believe in the Real Presence.
Present in every consecrated host is Jesus Christ. Jesus loved us so much He decided to make Himself present in the host to us. This is the same Jesus who loved us enough to be scourged, crowned with thorns, and crucified for us. The same Jesus who carried the Cross on His whip torn back and shoulders to Calvary out of love for us; is present in the host that we receive. We will never understand how He does this until we reach Heaven but why is simple. He loves us more than we can imagine.
The Jesus who is present in the Eucharist is the same Jesus who walked the roads of Galilee and Judea. He is the same who healed the lepers, the blind man, the lame, the deaf and the paralytic. He is the same Jesus who raised the daughter of Jairus and also Lazarus from the dead. This is the same Jesus with all His compassion and power.
In Hebrews 13:8 Paul tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever so Jesus is the same today as He was 2000 years ago. Matthew 14:14 tells us that He had compassion on all who came to Him. He still has compassion today. The gospels tell us Jesus healed all those who came to Him in faith. Why then do we not see more healings today?
Perhaps the fault lies in us. Do we really approach the Eucharist as if Jesus was present? Is our belief evident in the way we dress, pray and act at mass? Are we focused on Jesus or those around us? Do we go to mass to worship God or to socialize?
Do we really want the healing Jesus offers? When Jesus walked the earth He was interested in the total healing of a person. That is why He first told the paralytic that his sins are forgiven. The healing that Jesus wants to give us begins with a spiritual healing. He also wants to heal us emotionally, intellectually, relationally then physically. He knows we will never be happy unless we are healed totally.
Too many of us want to be healed physically of things like diabetes, liver disease or heart disease but we don’t want to stop eating or drinking the things that contributed to them. We don’t want to admit that we were wrong in our behavior. We don’t want to change.
Emotionally, Jesus wants to free us of our anger, our resentments, our bitterness and our unforgiveness. Many of us are wounded emotionally from our past and Jesus wants to enter into our pain and heal it. Often we won’t let Him. We don’t want to forgive or let go of the anger. I have a right to be mad. Jesus won’t force us to accept His healing and He won’t go faster than we can handle.
We all have so many wounds from our past that need healing. Many of us need spiritual healing. There are so many things we need to let go of like our anger, bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, guilt, worries, and pain from our past, our stubbornness and other things. Jesus wants to heal these things. Often the healing of these things opens us up to the natural healing processes of the body or modern medicine. Often this is all the healing we really need.
Many of us need help in building up our faith and opening ourselves to God’s love. A lot of us believe that God heals but His healing is for other people. We believe that for some reason we’re unworthy. We haven’t forgiven ourselves for some sin. We may have confessed it but we still hang onto the guilt.
Many of us need help in understanding that God’s plan is for the best and that all things work for the good of those who love Him as Paul told us in Romans 8:28.
Many of us need help in opening ourselves to whatever God wants to do at this time whether it is spiritual, emotional, intellectual, relational or physical healing. This is where healing prayer comes in. We feel more confident when someone else prays for us. That person can and usually does point to the Eucharist as the Real Presence of Jesus and Jesus as the healer. That person can teach about the healing process and encourage people to continue to pray and to come back for more prayer before the Eucharist.
I don’t know what happens all the time but I know that something good happens every time we pray with people. Many healing priests will tell you that God may not heal everyone but that everyone is blessed in the same way. Every time we go to Communion or before the Eucharist God wants to bless us. How much He blesses depends on how open we are to what He wants to do. Whoever prays with us can begin by asking God to help us to be open to whatever He wants to do.
An article in the Catholic Advocate of the Archdiocese of Newark talked about healing masses and prayer maybe 12 or 13 years ago. It said many things could happen. Sometimes the person receives the peace they need to face their death. Sometimes they receive a complete healing. Most times the process goes quicker and easier. A lot depends on our faith and openness to God’s desires.
In 12 years I’ve seen a lot of people who seem to receive a sense of peace. I’ve seen people who gradually improved. I’ve spoken to people who asked that operations go well and they did often better than the doctor expected. Doctors were able to remove all of the cancer when they didn’t expect to.
There were also people who were prayed over and died. I don’t know what the Lord did in that case if they lived longer than they would have, if they received a sense of peace, reconciled with their family or what. I do know that the Lord did something good. That’s all we need to know.
All these people were prayed over before the Eucharist. The power is in the Eucharist. The person praying with others has no power. They are only the tool or instrument the Lord uses just like Balaam’s donkey in Genesis.