Our son Ben was so excited when his high-school team recently traveled to Boston to compete in a regional FIRST Robotics tournament. Belinda and I rearranged our schedules so we could be present for the competition.
We always love to listen to our son Sam as he plays his guitar or the piano. When he is away at school, we listen to recordings of his music, but it’s not the same as experiencing the real thing in person.
Our daughter Emily spent a college semester in Spain. Belinda and I were thankful for a software application that let us make video calls over the Internet. It was great to see her face and hear her voice, but something was still missing. It wasn’t until we visited her in Valencia for a week that we could all be really present to each other.
Belinda and I usually talk on the phone several times during each day, but it’s not until we greet each other with a kiss at the end of the work day that we feel truly connected.
God is always seeking a concrete body and blood relationship with us. As God’s children, we are always seeking a tangible body and blood relationship with Christ. It’s the real body and blood experiences within our marriage and with our family and friends that help us to better understand the real presence of the body and blood of Christ.
The strong and tangible bonds we experience in marriage and family teach us about the real and true connection between us and God.
The bread and wine are not similar to the body and blood of Christ — they become the real body and blood presence of Christ. In the Eucharist, Jesus is really, truly present to us in his body and blood.