Compiled by J. Maurus
The body and blood of Christ
Four are the purposes of the institution of the Eucharist:
- To adore Jesus present in this sacrament,
- To thank Him for all the gifts, especially for the institution of the Eucharist,
- To satisfy and make reparation for all the forgetfulness, coldness, ingratitude towards and sacrileges against the Eucharist,
- To pray that the Holy Mass, Communion, Visit to the most Holy Sacrament be held in great honour by all.
In the gospel Jesus promised the Sacrament. "For my flesh is the real food; my blood is the real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I in him. The living Father sent me, and because of him I live also. In the same way whoever eats me will live because of me. This, then, is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread that your ancestors ate, but then later died. The one who eats this bread will live for ever" (Jn 6:55-58).
What Strikes Me Most Today
I especially like how Blessed Alberione summarizes this and outlines the reasons for the institution of the Eucharist. Although the mystery of transubstantiation is hard to understand, Jesus makes it clear in John 6 that He is truly and really and actually present in the Eucharist - body, blood, soul, and divinity. I remember reading John 6 after hearing a speaker say Jesus meant the Eucharist to merely "symbolize" his body; I don't know how anyone can read John 6 and say that Jesus was not clear and adament that His flesh is the real food and His blood is the real drink. Jesus let people walk away who thought this was a tough teaching, but the Real Presence is the Truth, and Jesus is Truth (and Way and Life!)
What strikes you most on this feast of The Body and Blood of Christ?
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