Thinking about the Eucharist

Jun 25, 2019

Last Sunday on June 24th, was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Corpus Christi

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ shades light on Three (3) important aspects of our Christian Faith

  1. Foreshadows our Heavenly and Eternal Banquet with God, as St Paul testifies: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2:9; Rom 8:18).

 

  1. Affirms our unshakable Belief and Faith in Christ’s Real Presence, His Body and Blood, in the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Lord Himself revealed to us at the Last Supper: “This is my Body…this is the cup of the new covenant in my Blood…” (Lk 22:19-20).

 

  1. A constant reminder of our Christian obligation to go out and nourish the lives of others, sharing our physical bread and other material blessings, having been spiritually nourished by the Lord through the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Lord commanded disciples: “Give them some food yourselves” (Lk 9:13).

 

Meditating further on Christ’s words at the Last Supper: “This my Body…This Cup is the new covenant in my Blood”, it goes without saying that there are many Christians who say that Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist is all symbolism, since  his presence is invisible to our physical eyes.

Last Supper by Juan de Juanes, mid-late 16th century

 

How come we believe that there is Vitamin A in a carrot, or Vitamin C in an orange, or potassium in a banana, or protein in an egg, or carbohydrates in a cookie, or fat in a chocolate, yet none of these are visible to our physical eyes, but we still believe they are present in these foods? With that thought in mind, we truly believe in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, even though invisible to our physical eyes. In the Eucharist, Christ offers himself to us, as the true food for our spiritual nourishment. He assures us: “I came that they may have life and may have it to the full” (Jn 10:10).  “I am the bread of life” (Jn 6:35). “Whoever eats this bread will live forever” (Jn 6:58).

Lack of faith in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist only raises a serious Faith Crisis in the Church: Mass attendance will continue to drop; vocations to priesthood and Religious life will continue to decline.  Mother Church teaches us that: “Eucharist is the source, the center, and the summit of our Christian life” [The Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 1324 -1327, 1386; Vatican II – Lumen Gentium no. 11]. Without the Eucharist as our strong foundation upon which to build our spiritual lives, many Christian families are left with fewer values to live by, and fewer values to pass on to our children.

So, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, challenges our belief in Christ, and in His Real Presence in the Eucharist. Do we believe?

And if we truly believe in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, then let us approach the Blessed Sacrament with Great Faith, and with Great Love, and with Great Reverence, and with Great Respect.

How about waiting until the end of Mass, then leave?

Peace be with you!

Fr. Frank

 

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