7. THE QUESTION WAS:
Which one of these people may receive Holy Communion at mass?
a. Person that ate a cookie 30 minutes before Communion
b. Person that took medicine 30 minutes before Communion
c. Person who missed Mass previous Sunday due to a barbecue and hasnt made it to Confession
d. A Non-Catholic who is pious and attends church regularly.
THE ANSWER IS .. B .only the medicine taker can receive Communion.
We must fast at least an hour from food (water and medicine are ok) before taking Communion. If there is an unconfessed mortal sin, we must not receive Communion until we have given a sincere confession to a priest. Of course, in confession, we arent really confessing to a priest but rather to Christ Himself.
It would be better for us to fall off a cliff on the way to Mass than to take Communion unworthily.
The Bible says: "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died." (St. Paul, 1 Cor 11:27-30, explaining we must have clean souls when we partake in the Body of Christ)
http://www.catholic-truth.org/Essays/eucharist.htm (The Eucharist is Christs true Body and Blood. Its one of the most clear Biblical teachings. It was believed by the Early Christians, whose lives revolved around the Eucharist and the Mass. There is no greater treasure on Earth than the Eucharist, which gives us spiritual life, and allows Jesus to live through us. Catholics with strong faith want to receive the Eucharist every day.
Id suggest reading the book, The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth by Scott Hahn or The Mass of the Early Christians by Mike Aquilina.
If you research your favorite saints, you will see that they all had a great love of the Eucharist. Everything they did was made possible through the Eucharist.
Mother Teresa wrote: Where will you get the joy of loving? in the Eucharist, Holy Communion. Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that adoration.
The Eucharist is the secret to life the secret to growing in holiness ..the secret to a joyful marriage .the secret to becoming a saint . the secret to fulfilling your Christian mission of helping the poor, the sick and the lonely .the secret to your helping heal the world .the secret to letting Jesus work through you
Its very simple:
Salvation is through Jesus. The Eucharist is Jesus.
http://www.concernedcatholics.org/eucharist.htm (Answers to Communion Questions)
http://net2.netacc.net/~mafg/screen06.htm (The Eucharist: Perfect Fulfillment of the Passover Meal in the Old Testament)
http://www.catholic-defense.com/euchrst.htm (What the Bible and Catechism say about the Eucharist)
http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/link/e-min.html (The Real Presence Association)
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