I’m offering this for thought. After receiving the Eucharist on Good Friday, the following thought came to mind. I do appreciate your comments on this. Thanks!
In our bodies, red blood cells flow into the lungs. There, through a process of diffusion, the red blood cells receive (they actually receive, they don’t reach out and grab) oxygen. The red blood cells leave the lungs and travel throughout the body delivering this life giving oxygen to the cells that they contact. The oxygen is given to the other cells that need it.
While I was kneeling there in the Good Friday service, I noticed how people were flowing through the church, moving up toward the front to receive the Eucharist. There, they return to their seats. Mass ends right after that and people disperse out into the community. They have received Christ and they carry that to others in the community, sharing this life giving Light with the people they contact. The Light is shown most brightly on those in the dark.
I put those two thoughts together with the way Christ “breathed” the Holy Spirit onto his apostles, and that made me wonder if God designed our bodies for the purpose of giving us a model for the way the Eucharist works throughout humanity.
I see our own internal lungs as a model of the Church; the oxygen as a model for the Eucharist; and the red blood cells as a model for the faithful ministering to all of humanity, the healthy and sick alike. We are in a repeating cycle of going to the Church, being nourished, returning to the community and sharing our God given gifts.