As we gather around the Eucharistic table and make the death and resurrection of Jesus our own by sharing in the « bread of life » and the « cup of salvation, » we become together the living body of Christ.
The Eucharist is the sacrament by which we become one body. Becoming one body is not becoming a team or a group or even a fellowship. Becoming one body is becoming the body of Christ. It is becoming the living Lord, visibly present in the world. It is – as often has been said – becoming the mystical Body of Christ. But mystical and real are the same in the realm of the Spirit.