What is Jesus doing on the altar during the priest's long prayers?

Transubstantiation occurs seemingly “near the beginning” of all the prayers the priest has to say during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, instead of near the end as in a climax. Why? Also, what is Jesus doing while waiting to be received by everyone?


It sounds like you are suggesting that there be the least amount of time possible between the moment the bread and wine become the body and blood of the Lord and the moment that we receive it. By your second question, it sounds like you suspect that the Lord will get tired or bored while waiting to be received. IF that were the case, then He would be REALLY bored by remaining in the world’s tabernacles all the time.

It is important to remember that in transubstantiation, the Lord does not become the bread and wine; the bread and wine become the Lord. The Eucharist does not impose limitations on the Lord. But it does remove limitations from those who receive Him. During the ten minutes or so, in which the Lord dwells intimately within our persons, we are in heaven without out perceiving it. We know it only by faith at this time. But when we meet Him face to face after we die, we will fully appreciate all the moments we spent with Him in the Holiest of Communions. Heaven is to FULLY appreciate who He is.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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