To the editor:
Father McBrien, in a recent column, approvingly quotes the opinion of a Father Taft concerning the distribution of pre-consecrated hosts at Mass. Father Taft refers to the Eucharist as “leftovers from a previous meal.”
Jesus is God yesterday, today, and tomorrow. During the consecration of the Mass, through the action of the priest, bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ. It is no longer bread but Christ’s body. The very nature of the bread has changed.
As a Catholic, I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion, no matter when the host was consecrated. To refer to the Eucharist as a “leftover meal” is not only disrespectful, but also implies a lack of understanding about the nature and purpose of the Eucharist.
God’s grace comes from reception of the Eucharist, no matter when it was consecrated. Perhaps Fathers McBrien and Taft need to reflect on the gift of the Eucharist and stop comparing Our Savior to one of God’s creations.
Michael Aiello, MD