Dear brothers and sisters,
Have you noticed the body postures that we use when we participate in the Eucharistic celebration? In the Eucharist we sit down, stand up, walk (when we arrive, as we receive communion, and as we go forth after the Eucharist), we kneel down, we greet each other during peace, we extend our hands or open our mouths to receive the Body of the Lord, we sing, we answer, we keep silence. All of this is what we do with our bodies during Mass.
It is very important to be aware of everything we do with our body in the Eucharist because this helps us to understand that we are not only praying with the lips (words), or in the silence of our heart, or that only the priest is the one who speaks at Mass. In the Eucharist our entire body becomes a prayer to live this important moment with God. In other words, we pray with our whole being because our body expresses a prayer that is a search for union with God.
It is very important that we take care of our body and our behavior according to the place where we are and according to what we want to do in the Eucharist. It is important to live each moment and each expression of our body as an expression of our prayer because everything our body expresses is something that leads us to union with God.
The greatest miracle that occurs in our body during the Eucharistic celebration is that our body joins the body of Jesus when we receive Holy Communion. Because when we receive it in communion our body becomes the place where God wants to dwell, and in fact he comes to inhabit our body when we receive Him in communion and when we listen to His Word.
I invite you that when we participate in the Eucharist we do not move in a mechanical way without being aware of what our body postures say as a prayer to God.
Jesus gives us his body, soul and divinity. Can we give him our body and our attention in the Eucharist?