You’re so right, Mary Ellen – Mass is communal – and we all become ‘one’ in the reception of Jesus (Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity). There’s another, more personal aspect to Mass and reception of the Eucharist as well. At the moment of reception we are transported – standing in His presence – at the foot of the cross at Calvary. It is a very intimate time for our individual souls uniting with His – here, we are fully accountable. We are seeking sustenance and grace to accompany the journey of everyday life, with a refreshed soul. These two aspects – communion and intimacy – are not mutually exclusive but rather a fullness of our wonderful faith.