Are the word, the community, and the Eucharist deserving of equal reverence?


Full Question

Last Thursday at Mass the priest talked about the Word, the community, and the Eucharist being equal: He challenged us about why we bow and kneel before the consecrated cup and bread but not to each other or the Word. Am I confusing equal and the same?

Answer

A current fallacy floating around in some Catholic circles equates the Eucharist with the Word of God and the congregation. The Eucharist is the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ who is God and the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Only the Father and the Holy Spirit are equal to him. To say otherwise is not only the result of fuzzy thinking, it’s heresy!


Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.