When the Priest says, “The body of Christ,” the Parishioner responds by saying, “Amen.” This response is an affirmation to three truths: the ordinary bread has indeed become the Body of Christ; Jesus did indeed leave heaven, take flesh and become human; He died on the cross but He rose in a glorified body. This is the faith of the Church. It is normal to doubt. But it is expected that we address our doubts through research on the facts. Thomas doubted the Lord’s resurrection until he encountered Him (Jn. 20:24-28). We have the New Testament and early witnesses as our basis of proof. But when we hold the Lord in our hands at Communion, our faith is affirmed in our “Lord and God.” Lord Jesus, the gift of Your Body and Blood is the source and summit of all that is good and beautiful in our lives. May our lives of love and faith be pleasing to You. Amen.