Each day we hear His command, "Do this in remembrance of me." This is the most startling word of the Eucharist–that each Christian is to learn to consecrate, to be drawn into Christ's action so deeply that he becomes a Eucharist! We are to parallel Christ; what He did with His life we are to do with our lives. What a mystery this is, to consecrate ourselves, to become Eucharists! This is what the Christian life is all about; this is the ultimate conclusion and action of following Christ–to be body given, to be blood shed. To consecrate is to sacrifice, to die, to pass over into a new world, a new life, a new level and depth of existence and consciousness. It is easy to offer Christ's sacrifice, to be an innocent bystander and to say, "This is his body, this is his blood." But when we begin to pray deeply the two-edged real words of consecration, "This is my body, this is my blood," something begins to happen. Those awesome words of His are stamped deeper and deeper into consciousness... They are a promise and vow committing one's life and presence to another totally until death... Only Eucharist enables us to change ourselves into another, giving ourselves into His hands. The Eucharist is a continuum, an ongoing action, of what He and I are doing and becoming. Eucharist is not only His presence with me but my presence with Him. Wherever His is, there I am; wherever He goes, I go with Him. Eucharist is the sign, the visible witness of what we have done, what we are doing and what we will become. In Eucharist we consecrate each day, each person, each event, hallowing it, firing it, filling it with His Spirit, His presence, being taken up with Him.

Prayer Is A Hunger: June 1994
Fr. Edward J. Farrell