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What it means to "do this"

“Do this in memory of me.”

We hear these words of Jesus every time we participate in the Mass. But what does it mean to “do this”? Jesus’ command is at the very center of what it means to be a Christian disciple. Every time we celebrate Christ’s saving, sacrificial love in the Eucharist, we “do this”; we are drawn into Christ’s very real presence in the word proclaimed, in the priest who presides, in all who are assembled, and in a special way in the bread and wine which become the Body and Blood of Christ. And we are sent out to share Christ’s presence through our loving presence and action. Christ’s command at the Last Supper is to be the guiding principle of our lives: “Do this [celebrate the Eucharist, be self-giving] in memory of me.”

As you attend Mass, attentively pray during the Eucharistic prayer. In what way are you called to serve in Christ’s name?

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