You mentioned that one should not receive the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin… Why not?
November 8, 2020, 12:00 PM
There cannot be a disconnect between what we do at a party on Friday night and what we do at Mass on Sunday morning. The Eucharist demands a whole way of life from us. A “Eucharistic life” is one lived in gratitude to God, in community with others, in purity of heart, and in service to the poor – in short, a life lived in union with and in imitation of the God who becomes the Eucharist for us. Mass is not about fulfilling a “to do” on our weekly calendar. It is about entering more deeply into relationship with Jesus, “[who] is not just a private conviction or an abstract idea, but a real person who poured out His life for you.”
Pope Benedict continues: “At the beginning of the fourth century, Christian worship was still forbidden by the imperial authorities (in North Africa). Some Christians in North Africa, who felt bound to celebrate the Lord’s Day, defied the prohibition. They were martyred after declaring that it was not possible for them to live without the Eucharist.” Even their deaths were Eucharistic, as they gave up their bodies for the One who gave up His body for them. Though our faith in Jesus in the Eucharist may not demand that we die, it does demand nothing less than our whole lives.
We all need to strive to make our whole lives reflect the mysteries we celebrate on Sunday morning. At a minimum, we should not compromise by living a double life. We cannot, for example, drive drunk on Saturday night and then receive Jesus worthily in the Eucharist the next morning (see CCC 2290). Doing so merely follows one wrong with another. Should we find ourselves in a state of mortal sin, we need to get to confession as soon as possible. Only then can we be certain that we are properly disposed to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.