The priest holds up the consecrated host before us; bread substantially changed into Your body, and we say: “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”The words, only say the wordstand out with special meaning for reflection here. We do, in fact, after saying this, receive and consume this bread that has now become Your flesh. It’s wonderful how You conceived of our ingrained sentient need for the physical, for food, for nourishment we can touch and taste.
This Eucharistic union is what urges us toward transcendence. The physical nature of the accidents of bread and wine correlate with our human sentient need for a means of self-transcendence. We are all Thomases seeking perceptible validations of our faith. But, (and we say it before communion at every Mass), if Youonly say the word our self is transcended and we are in union with You.
But what is that word? It is not tangible like the host. It is not in a dictionary. Yet it is communion. It is as if in saying these words we acknowledge that common union with You beyond what we are able to perceive with our senses. It is the next level for which we should strive after Eucharistic communion. These words are a validation of the spiritual life within us. The fact that Your word offers us more than we know; Your word is an invitation. If we can hear it, it is all we need. But the truth is we are unworthy even of that. Yet the invitation is never withdrawn. You are more than willing to say the word over and over again if we are willing to accept it. To ponder the phrase, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed when one receives communion isa transcendent experience.