Thought of the Day June 8, 2020 The Eucharist part 1

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Next Sunday, we will celebrate another mystery of our faith. It will be the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. As Catholics, we believe that at the Last Supper Jesus took unleavened bread and ordinary wine, said a blessing and changed them into his Real Body and Blood for us to eat and drink. Then he said, “Do this in memory of me.” Ever since, the Apostles, their successors and ordained priests have obediently fulfilled this command of Jesus in cathedrals, parish churches, on the battlefield, in prisons and hospitals, in catacombs and in hidden places, from the rising of the sun till its setting.

The teaching of Jesus on this miracle-mystery is clear, even though the reality remains a mystery. Like other revealed mysteries one can only embrace it with faith in the person of Jesus. Because Jesus is both God and Man, because he is the Truth, the Way and the Life, because he teaches and does the works of the Father, what he says about the Eucharist is true.

In the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel the revelation of this mystery is given to us. It is given with the background of Jesus miraculously feeding the five thousand with a few loaves and a few small fish. The manna that God provided the Israelites during their forty year trek in the desert prior to entering the Promised Land is also part of the background.

We will continue our reflection tomorrow. Meanwhile, spend some time reflecting on your experience and understanding of the Eucharist as we prepare for the feast.

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