The Eucharist is no detail, afterthought, appendix, afterword.
The Eucharist is the Word.
The Word made flesh that dwells among us. The Word broken for us. The Word risen again for us.
Take, eat, this is the gift of God for you the people of God, feed on Him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
The point of all existence is Jesus.
The point of the Church is Jesus.
That bread, that wine, when called forth as Body and Blood, that is all there is and apart from it not one thing is made that was made for in Him we live and move and have our being.
And if it is not that, if it is not that thundering miracle, to hell with it. We're wasting our damn time. ~ Preston Yancey
If we but paused for a moment to consider attentively what takes place in this Sacrament, I am sure that the thought of Christ's love for us would transform the coldness of our hearts into a fire of love and gratitude. ~ St. Angela of Foligno
Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: 'This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it. ~ St. Augustine
If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion. ~ St. Maximilian Kolbe
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again in glory. These words contain the very essence of the Eucharistic mystery. In them we find what we bear witness to and share in every day as we celebrate and receive the Eucharist. In the Upper Room Jesus effects the consecration. By virtue of His words, the bread - while keeping the external appearance of bread - becomes His Body, and the wine - while maintaining the external appearance of wine - becomes His Blood. THIS IS THE GREAT MYSTERY OF FAITH! THIS IS THE LIVING BREAD WHICH CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN!" ~ Pope John Paul II
We should never again use the expression, 'When Jesus was on earth' or think of Him as being only in heaven, Jesus is still on earth. While all the sacraments confer grace, the Eucharist contains the author of grace, Jesus Christ Himself. ~ Fr. John Hardon, S.J.