To Receive or Not to Receive, that is the Question

Your boasting is not a good thing. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

From all eternity God existed. The Lover, the Father, gives love to the Beloved, the Son. The Love exchanged between them in loving Gaze, the Holy Spirit. Love gives. Love creates and is creative. The first thought of creation was the Immaculate Conception. From the beginning of time she was there. It is a mystery we cannot fully comprehend, the union between uncreated Immaculate Conception and created Immaculate Conception. From the sacrifice on the cross, which restores and redeems our loving gaze, she was there.

Because of the fall God came to restore us. The second person of the Blessed Trinity did so by coming through the Immaculate Conception.

Thus at our Baptism we are conceived anew in Him. Our original sin wiped away. Our humanity meeting the divine. Our baptism unites the new birth of the Incarnation and the death of crucifixion of our old life, all with our Mother there. She becomes our Mother and Christ becomes our brother. All through the unity of the Holy Spirit and the creative love of God.

At Confirmation Our Mother is also there as she was in the upper room at Pentecost in a prayer of the Mystical Body uniting the family to the Trinity. Their surrender filling them with the Glory of God that she already knew. God wanting to complete us as she is complete. And our Mother is the Mother of God, a crown reserved for her alone.

The Eucharistic meal is a sharing in all of the family. The Son’s human DNA came from His Mother. It is that of Mary. And the Trinity dwelt inside of him. Thus we as brother’s and sisters in this family receive the DNA of the family of God. It is incorporated into us. We renew our covenant with our family each time we receive.

We take heaven into us. And so it is that we want to take care that there is no hell within us when we receive. We receive and we are purified to be pure vessels and we should want to cooperate in that. We are made in the image and likeness of God. The Eucharist is purging us.

The suffering we accept because of this purging is marrying us to heaven. When we fight in pride we are actually fighting heaven, the family of heaven, inside of us.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves. 1 Corinthians 11:27-29

The more we allow God to purify us, the more we accept suffering of purification, the more we surrender instead of fight, the more a soul is united to God in making reparation for the Mystical Body. And the Blessings of the Father on the Family are restored.

Thus when we approach the Eucharist we really must discern our sins. A Priest too must discern those in public mortal sin. A Priest who denies communion to one in public mortal sin should have the interior disposition of sparing that soul destruction, if only the soul would take pause and listen. It is a position of humility. The priest too has the duty to protect the rest of his flock too. If they do give it to someone in public mortal sin, the message to the rest of the flock is that we are okay handing you to destruction.

The hierarchy has the authority to decide and that is the question that needs to be asked. Are we okay handing the flock to destruction?

God will be God. He will work all things for the good of those who love Him. The Eucharist is Love Himself. Love is not weaponized, love does what love does. It destroys sin. We can cooperate and try to meet God in helping our fellow man destroy sin by encouraging Confession before reception or we can say, “come regardless of your sin, no need to bother changing.” Either way God will take care.

you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 5:5

The former, cooperating in our purification, is a path of joy and peace and fulfillment, even in suffering. The latter brings, as scripture tells us, wrath.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. Romans 1:18

We get to choose. May the Seat of Wisdom help us choose wisely.

About veilofveronica

I am a mother and wife as well as an RCIA and Adult Faith Formation catechist at a parish in the south. I have 3 children and a great husband.
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18 Responses to To Receive or Not to Receive, that is the Question

  1. Laura says:

    I had never before thought about the idea that the Lord’s human DNA came from Mary! Does this mean we receive a little bit of her when we receive the Eucharist, I wonder?

  2. Anne says:

    We can co operate and try to meet God and help our fellow man destroy sin by offering confession…..
    I had to think there because it sounded like a priest talking…offering confession! …..you mean for lay people to encourage others to go?!?

  3. Finnian-John says:

    As an Extraordinary Minister of Communion to the sick, I’d been bringing the Eucharist to a Pediatric Physician who was dying from Parkinson’s disease. Each week I would sit and pray with him for a time, bringing him the Eucharist. Then one day, as his illness was progressing worse and worse, he confessed to me that he was having trouble believing that the Eucharist was actually Jesus. When I consulted my pastor on his struggle, he simply asked me: “then why would he want it?” On the next visit with the doctor I asked him (passed on to him) the same question that my pastor posed to me, offering to go to the doctor’s kitchen and retrieve some (plain) bread for him if bread is all he wanted. Suddenly there was a great shift in his thinking accompanied with a distinct serenity pertaining to his doubts and as those doubts suddenly disappeared he told me “no” – and then said that what he wanted was Jesus in the Eucharist. From that day forward, his doubts were gone and he looked forward each week to receiving Jesus in the Eucharist with great anticipation. Also, he asked to have the pastor to come and visit him for confession. It is amazing what can happen when true “listening” takes place.
    As I tell that story, it is with the conviction that there are countless people who have such doubts about the True Presence and simply need a loving opportunity to be candid about such thoughts and feelings without being judged and/or scorned. They simply need to have the freedom to express themselves in a very real way. God, Himself, will erase all doubt, if only we will let Him, praying the scripture passage (Mark 9:24) “I believe, help my unbelief”…
    Having doubts about the True Presence is not the problem. Not being honest with God and self about those doubts is the problem…especially for many priests perhaps?

    • I agree that people need not be judged or scorned. I think confession needs to be encouraged more. You actually did some of what I was speaking of here. You, as his brother in Christ, helped him to see. Your cooperation helped another. And if he went to confession and confessed that (if he were able to get confession) the grace he would receive would help him even more because it’s supernatural. Additionally the man’s doubt was not public promotion of sin. The larger issue I was addressing was people who are Catholic who promote grave sin and publicly promote it for others (Catholic politicians whose policies violate the dignity of life or who want to force other Catholics as a matter of policy to violate their conscience by making them partake in abortion or other grave sin). My perspective is that this causes a lot of harm to the flock. I think though the interior disposition of the Priest matters too. Is it one of humility and wanting for the person to make it to heaven? or is it out of judgment and feeling superior? God only knows the interior but there is a duty to protect the flock. The hierarchy has to decide because they were given authority. It’s such a fine line in leading people. Their responsibility is huge. That’s why I pray for Priests and Bishops so much.

      • and yes I absolutely believe many Priests doubt the true Presence, which is why there has been so much abuse.

      • Finnian-John says:

        As an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, I have always experienced great pain when touching and giving out Holy Communion. In fact, when I have trained others in this ministry, I would begin the training with the statement that “unless you are experiencing great pain doing this ministry, you’re not doing it right”…
        This “pain” that I experience finds its roots in the preparation that was given me as a child leading up to my very First Communion, which (incidentally) occurred on this very date back in 1958. The nuns at the Parochial school that I attended told us how sacred the vessels (chalice, Patten, etc) were and that only the priest could “safely” touch them, telling us the story of how a man was struck dead just touching the arc of the covenant in the Old Testament. They taught us that the ground (sanctuary) was holy ground, as they told us the story of how Moses was instructed by God from the burning bush NOT to come any closer and to remove his sandals – and that only the priest could go near the tabernacle. These teachings were taken to heart by me as a young and impressionable child and they led to quite an extraordinary experience for me when I received my First Communion, which is a lengthy story, but suffice it to say that I experienced an “ecstasy” of sorts that took me a lifetime to grasp!
        I am not “active” as an Extraordinary Minister these days, although when there is a need I am more than happy to offer my services. I don’t particularly “relish” this ministry as I have never “enjoyed” doing it. I believe it is a calling, like any vocation and should be taken seriously. It’s not supposed to be “fun” so to speak. It “should be” painful if one is doing it right…with all the necessary spiritual and prayerful preparation that “ought” to proceed such a ministry…but that’s just my take on it…for what it is worth!

      • Finnian-John says:

        I should add that my preferred way to receive communion is on the tongue…not on he hand…

      • I had an experience in prayer where I felt the Lord told me to receive kneeling and on the tongue only. So that is what I do and if a Priest won’t allow it I don’t receive.
        It isn’t a sin to receive in the hand – for the church authority has given permission- but for me personally it would be sinful to disobey what the Lord told me.
        I have written about how much of what we are going through is about worship;

        https://veilofveronica.blog/2020/08/02/build-me-a-temple/

        I believe reception in the hand can be done reverently – but it opens the Eucharist up to abuse – so I don’t understand why we would do that. I don’t judge individual souls and what they choose.
        I will say that I have seen Jesus put in peoples pockets and left in the pews etc. It’s heartbreaking.
        I do think the Extraordinary Minister is a calling and also that it is necessary because of the lack of Priests and the amount of home bound. It gives me joy to hear how carefully you were prepared. God Bless you.

  4. Anne says:

    Love destroy sin.
    Says it all!!! 3 words of Power.

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  6. Ginny says:

    If only people would meditate on the fact that I when we receive Jesus in Eucharist, we are receiving His DNA. Just thinking about this should make anyone uncomfortable if they have sin un confessed. Thank you for that thought!

  7. MyronM says:

    Veronica said: “Thus at our Baptism we are conceived anew in Him. … She becomes our Mother and Christ becomes our brother.” Who is the Father?

      • MyronM says:

        Dear Veronica, I am sending you the words of the Lord Jesus that He dictated to me on May 7, 2008. [The original is in Polish, but the translation was done using google translator, so take this into account.]
        “The Eucharist deifies. The Eucharist that is well received and gratefully received deifies you, My Children. You are becoming more and more Divine, of God, with each Holy Communion you receive worthily. You become completely Divine. With each Holy Communion you become more and more ours, belonging to your Father and your Mother, Jesus and Mary. You become Gods. Slowly, without noise and confusion, in the silence of adoration, my children, your divine nature, all your divine dignity are revealed to you. You slowly begin to understand that you are becoming like Jesus and Mary, meek and humble. And you can say about yourself: it is no longer I who live, but Jesus lives in me; it is no longer I who live, but Mary lives in me; I am no longer alive, but God, the Holy One, lives in me, One and only God in the Holy Multitude. Your being does not lose itself at all, you are surprised at the same time, but on the contrary – it flourishes. Your person blossoms in all the fullness of Deity. You are Gods. It comes to you slowly but surely. By welcoming God in the Holy Eucharist, welcoming Him in You, adoring Him in You, adoring Him in the Temple as You are, My chosen Child, you become, My Child, Himself – God. Yes, God. You are Gods. Yes, God’s children are Gods. Do not hide this great truth from yourself any longer: You are Gods. Children of God, Children of Jesus and Mary, Children of God the Father and Goddess the Mother are Gods. You participate in the Glory of God, Our Children, as Gods, because you really are God. God from God. Gods from Gods.”

      • Myron, I would never captialize Gods in reference to us. Scripture is clear there are no other Gods besides the One True God. We are meant to be partakers in the Divine Nature which is done through humility, not pride.
        I understand what you have written, but Gods definitely should not be capitalized as it puts us at the same level as the Trinity. We are not. We are simply allowed to partake in the gift He gives to us.

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