The Holy Mass is the liturgical service of the Roman Catholic Church which celebrates the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist as the source and summit of the Christian life. The Church believes that the Holy Eucharist is the living bread body of Jesus Christ.
Last Sunday, the Catholic Church observed the feast of the Holy Eucharist. Jesus promised that he would live with the people always, till the end of the world and he instituted the Holy Eucharist, which he declared that the bread and wine which are used in commemoration of his Last Supper are his own Bodyand Blood. This mystery is called by the Catholic Church as “transubstantiation”.
Albert Einstein, a well known German-born theoretical physicist and a Nobel Laureate for physics, was greatly influenced by the doctrines of the Catholic Church, especially the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. One day a Catholic priest visited the home of Einstein to get a clarification about an article written by Einstein which was written by him long before.
The priest met the scientist and had a lively talk about carious things and after a few introductory talks asked about his doubt that he had when he read the article of the scientist. The article was about the belief of Einstein that there must be an order and a plan to the universe. When the priest raised his questionabout the order of universe, Einstein wanted to question the priest about the Holy Mass.
The priest explained about the features of the Mass, highlighting transubstantiation, when the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. The priest explained the scientist as far as he could and he concluded saying that it was similar to Einstein’s theory of matter being transformed into energy. The scientist was convinced with the answer of the priest and replied, “Then it means that Christ is infinite and timeless”.
John gospel speaks clearly in many places about the Holy Eucharist. He tells us that God is not only timeless and eternal but also is alive among us. He describes the presence of Jesus is the sign of God’s great love towards humanity. God loves all human beings so much that He has sent His Son to live among them eternally. The presence of Jesus makes our lives meaningful.
Einstein was working throughout his ife to understand time and space. Where is our origin and where is our end?
These questions make us ponder over the great mystery of God’s love for us all.