Why do Catholics Prohibit Non-Catholics From Receiving Holy Communion!?
On the one hand, the Church says that Holy Communion unites us intimately with God and with another and that it perfects us in charity, but on the other hand, every time there’s a funeral or a special Feast Mass, we hear the announcement that “Holy Communion is reserved for Catholics only.” If Holy Communion is such a great gift of God, why do we reserve It for ourselves and not share It with the whole world?
The keyword to keep in mind is ‘intimacy’. You can’t be intimately involved with everyone you know. The whole point of intimacy is that it’s reserved for a few people. Your relationship with your family members is different from the one with your colleagues or with an acquaintance. A husband and wife get intimately united in a way that they can only do with one another and not with anyone else.
Remember that in the video on Holy Communion, I said that this is also spiritual food, which means you have to be spiritually united to Christ before receiving Him physically. The Catholic Church is the Bride and Body of Christ. The Mass is not just about saying prayers together; it is the union of the Body and the Head, of the Bride and the Bridegroom. The congregation is the Bride, and Christ is present as the Bridegroom through the priest, i.e. me!
As Catholics who have been baptised and are in a state of Grace, we are part of His Body and that’s why we can receive Him in Communion, and since non-Catholics are outside the Body of Christ, they can’t participate in the intimate union of Bride and Bridegroom. It’s not about excluding them; it’s more an invitation that’s saying, ‘If you want to receive God and be united to Him, you have to give yourself completely to Him, and become part of His Body, which is His Church.’
I can make this same point in a different way. Even a Catholic who’s in a state of mortal sin is not supposed to receive Communion, because he/she has ruptured the union between him/herself and Christ and is, in a way, spiritually dead. Receiving Communion in a state of mortal sin is another mortal sin, and he/she needs to make a sincere Confession in order to receive Communion again.
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