Jesus “The Bread of Life” Nourishes Us
When a pastor was giving his sermon, he walked down from the altar to stroll among the happy faces of many young boys and girls who were going to take the Eucharist as part of their First Holy Communion ceremony. While delivering his homily, the pastor made a point of discussing the significance of the Eucharist in the faith lives of Catholic believers. “Holy Communion is described in the Bible as a ‘joyful feast,'” he said further. “Can you tell me what that means? After all, the word “joyful” means “happy,” right?
In other words, a “joyful feast” is a “pleasant dinner.” The preacher resumed speaking after noticing that they were paying attentively.
“Do you agree, young man?” the preacher inquired.
In thinking about the Gospel reading for tomorrow (Sunday, August 12) from John (6:41-51) this week, I couldn’t help but think that the boy’s answer above really wasn’t all that far off the mark in terms of how the feeding of our mortal bodies through the Eucharist correlates to our spiritual well-being.
As a result of this Sunday’s Gospel, we get the third episode of what I refer to as the “Bread Series,” which consists of four Sundays in which we hear Jesus speaking to the Jews in John 6 about the bread of life.
These statements were Jesus’ way of preparing the disciples for the Last Supper, which would be the first occasion on which the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist was instituted in the Holy Catholic Church.
The bread that I will give to you is my flesh for your life, and the bread that I will give to you is my flesh for the life of the world.” When it comes to Jesus and the Eucharist, many people today think with worldly thoughts, just as the Jews were not listening to what Jesus was seeking to disclose to them and battled and disagreed with him at every step of the way during Jesus’ ministry.
Others question every word and theory, utterly overlooking the grace that is provided to those who receive the Eucharist via the power of the Holy Spirit.
Receiving Christ completely in the Eucharist – body, blood, soul, and divinity – feeds us and gives us the spiritual power we need to face the challenges of our everyday lives with confidence.
We must be hungry in order to accept our Lord, and then thankful and serene once we have done so, since to receive Christ in the Eucharist is to receive the whole essence of him via faith, and thus we must be hungry in order to receive him.
He is the Healer and Redeemer who provides nourishment for our bodies and souls in the form of the bread of life (John 6:35).
Because he cares about us, Jesus offers himself to us in the Eucharist as spiritual food for us. God’s whole plan for our redemption is geared toward our participation in the life of the Trinity, which is the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as revealed in the Scriptures. Our participation in this life starts with our Baptism, when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are united to Christ and therefore become adopted sons and daughters of God. Confirmation is a time when it is reinforced and enhanced.
- Our union with Christ’s person is made possible via his humanity, which we receive in the Eucharist by eating and drinking the Body and Blood of Christ.
- We are linked to Christ’s humanity while also being united to Christ’s divinity because we are united to both of his humanity and divinity.
- In the same way that the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so too will the one who feeds on me have life because of me” (Jn 6:57).
- As Jesus is the everlasting Son of God by nature, so we are adopted as sons and daughters of God via the sacrament of Baptism, which is celebrated every three years.
- It is the ultimate promise of the Gospel that we shall be able to participate in the life of the Holy Triune God.
- This demonstrates that God does more than simply send us wonderful things from on high; rather, we are drawn into God’s inner life, the communion between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as a result of this experience.
Why is the Eucharist not only a meal but also a sacrifice?
While our sins would have made it impossible for us to participate in God’s life, Jesus Christ was sent to remove this impediment to our participation. His death served as an atonement for our sins. Christ is referred to be “the Lamb of God, who wipes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). (Jn 1:29). Through his death and resurrection, he was victorious over sin and death, and he brought us back into right relationship with God. The Eucharist serves as a remembrance to this atoning sacrifice.
Through the celebration of the Eucharist, we are united to Christ’s sacrifice and enjoy the innumerable benefits that flow from it.
When the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, why do they still look and taste like bread and wine?
A unique and suitable method for Christ to be present is in the Eucharist, when He appears under the appearances of bread and wine in a way that is unique to the Eucharist and suited to the Eucharist. With conventional theological terminology, it is said that during the act of consecration during the Eucharist the “substance” (i.e., the substance of the bread and wine) changes by the Holy Spirit into the “substance” (i.e., the substance of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ). Bread and wine continue to occur in “accidental” or “apparent” ways at the same time.
Thomas Aquinas in their attempts to comprehend and explain the religion.
Transsubstantiation is the term used to describe the transformation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ at the level of substance.
Does the bread cease to be bread and the wine cease to be wine?
Yes. The bread and wine cannot remain in place in order for the entire Christ to be present—body, blood, soul, and divinity—and must be removed in order for his exalted Body and Blood to be made available for consumption. As a result, in the Eucharist, the bread ceases to be bread in substance and is transformed into the Body of Christ, while the wine stops to be wine in substance and is transformed into the Blood of Jesus. In the words of St. Thomas Aquinas, Christ is not recorded as saying, “This bread is my body,” but rather as stating, “This is my body” (Summa Theologiae, III q.
Is it fitting that Christ’s Body and Blood become present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine?
No doubt, because this mode of being present fits exactly to the sacramental celebration of the Eucharist. With the help of the symbolism contained in the eating of bread and drinking of wine, Jesus Christ reveals himself to us as the Son of God. Furthermore, by being present in the shape of bread and wine, Christ makes himself available to us in a manner that is fit for human consumption and consumption of alcohol. As an added bonus, this type of presence correlates to the virtue of faith, because it is impossible to detect or perceive the presence of the Body and Blood of Christ via any other means than through faith.
Bonaventure said the following: “Although Christ’s presence in the sacrament as a symbol is not a problem, the fact that He is truly present in the sacrament, as He is in heaven, presents a significant problem.
X, P. I, art. un., qu. I). (In IV Sent., dist. X, P. I, art. un., qu. I). We trust that which cannot be comprehended by our human capabilities because of the authority of God who reveals himself to us via his revelation (cf. Catechism, no. 1381).
Are the consecrated bread and wine “merely symbols”?
When anything refers beyond itself to something else, we refer to it as a “symbol.” A symbol might point to numerous different realities at the same time in daily language. Because they genuinely are the Body and Blood of Christ, the changed bread and wine that serve as emblems of the Body and Blood of Christ are more than just symbolic. According to St. John Damascene, “The bread and wine are not a foreshadowing of the body and blood of Christ—By no means!—but are rather the actual deified body of the Lord, because the Lord Himself said: ‘This is my body’; not “a foreshadowing of my body,” but “my body,” and not “a foreshadowing of my blood,” but “my blood” (The Orthodox Faith, IV).
For better or worse, Christ is not physically present in his own rightful form but rather under the guise of bread and wine.
God, on the other hand, employs the symbolism inherent in the eating of bread and the drinking of wine on a natural level to illumine the significance of what is being achieved in the Eucharist through Jesus Christ on the spiritual level.
Do the consecrated bread and wine cease to be the Body and Blood of Christ when the Mass is over?
No. Bread and wine are transformed into Christ’s Body and Blood during the celebration of the Eucharist, and they retain this status after the service is over. They will never be able to transform back into bread and wine since they are no longer bread and wine at all. Because of this, they have no motivation to return to their “regular” existence after the extraordinary circumstances of the Mass have passed.
Why are some of the consecrated hosts reserved after the Mass?
While it is possible to consume all of the bread that is consecrated during the Mass, a portion of it is normally retained in the tabernacle to be used later. It is frequently referred to as the “Blessed Sacrament” when the Body of Christ, which appears in the form of bread, is preserved or “reserved” after the Mass is over. There are a variety of pastoral justifications for keeping the Blessed Sacrament reserved. First and foremost, it is used for the provision of the Eucharist to people who are dying (Viaticum), those who are sick, and those who are otherwise unable to attend the celebration of the Eucharist.
What are appropriate signs of reverence with respect to the Body and Blood of Christ?
While the Eucharist is being celebrated, the Body and Blood of Christ, which appear in the form of bread and wine, are regarded with the utmost care. This is true both during and after the celebration (cf. Mysterium Fidei, nos. 56-61). If the tabernacle in which the consecrated bread is reserved is placed “in some part of the church or oratory which is distinguished, conspicuous, beautifully decorated, and suitable for prayer,” as the Code of Canon Law specifies (Can. 938, 2), then the consecrated bread will be reserved in the tabernacle.
In the Eastern Catholic Churches, it is customary to make the sign of the cross and to bend deeply while entering the church.
Because of the presence of Christ in the tabernacle, it is appropriate for members of the assembly to greet one another in the gathering space of the church (that is, the vestibule or narthex), but it is not appropriate to speak in loud or boisterous tones in the main body of the church (that is, the nave).
For members of the Latin Catholic Church, it is customary to fast for at least one hour; members of the Eastern Catholic Churches, however, must adhere to the practices prescribed by their respective churches.
Why do we call the presence of Christ in the Eucharist a “mystery”?
The term “mystery” is widely used to allude to something that is beyond the grasp of the human mind’s ability to comprehend fully. It has a deeper and more particular meaning in the Bible, however, because it relates to many facets of God’s plan of salvation for humanity, which has already begun but will be finished only at the end of time. Since the Eucharist participates in the mystery of Jesus Christ and God’s intention to rescue humanity via Christ, the Eucharist is considered a mystery. We shouldn’t be shocked if there are parts of the Eucharist that are difficult to comprehend, because God’s plan for the world has consistently outperformed human expectations and comprehension on a number of occasions.
We must not strive to confine God to our comprehension, but rather allow God’s revelation to extend our understanding beyond its typical bounds.
Holy Communion vs Eucharist FAQ
Under the appearances of bread and wine, the Eucharist, also known as the Sacrament of the Eucharist, is the body and blood of Jesus Christ, who is genuinely present on the altar in the form of bread and wine. As well as the physical receipt of the Eucharist by the individual receiving it, the term “communion” also refers to the collective participation in the Eucharist by the members of the Church.
Eucharist Nourishes You
We discussed Confession and its ability to restore a sinful soul to full participation in the divine life in our last discussion. The Most Blessed Sacrament and how it helps to nourish the life inside us will be the topic of discussion this month. Why does the Catholic Church refer to the Eucharist as the Most Blessed Sacrament? In the Eucharist, Jesus is completely present in all aspects of his person: his body and blood, his soul and divinity, all disguised behind the appearances of bread and wine.
- The Eucharist is the source of all blessings.
- You devote time to worshiping the One who is the source of all good things.
- Because of this, fully participating in the Mass in a fully active, aware, and cognizant manner is so necessary and so powerful.
- In receiving the Eucharist, we are receiving everlasting life, for Jesus stated, “I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst.” I am the Bread of Life, the source of all nourishment.
- It is I, the Living Bread, who has come down from heaven; anybody who eats this Bread will live forever; and the Bread that I will give is My flesh, which will be given for the life of all people (Jn 6:35, 48-51).
- God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit physically and sacramentally come to us in the Eucharist.
- The divine indwelling is nurtured in our hearts by the Eucharist, since the Eucharist is the entry of Love Himself into our hearts through the sacrifice of love.
We are enflamed and transformed into the image of God as a result of the Eucharist.
If all of this is true, why do so many people attend to Mass and never seem to modify their behavior?
In other words, if we attend to Mass while not in a condition of grace, or if we are not seeking to live out the commandment to love God and neighbor on a daily basis, our hearts will be closed to the graces that God intends to impart via the Eucharist.
We’ll discuss about being sealed with the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation the next time we get together.
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Chapter 11: Eucharist as Nourishment
Before beginning to read this chapter, consider the following questions and share them with your friends: What are the most crucial considerations to make when making a meal? Do I find the Eucharist to be a source of nourishment for my spirit? In what respects do you mean?
Where Jesus Was Coming from – an Exclusive Society
The remarkable amount of meals that Jesus had with his disciples is a characteristic of Luke’s account. In every chapter, he appears to be either preparing for a meal, eating a meal, or finishing a meal! Having a meal was vital to Jesus, just as it is to us. Ideally, at the end of the day, the entire family gathers around the table to share a meal. Unfortunately, this is happening less and less frequently as a result of the numerous activities in which family members are participating, as well as the overwhelming influence of television.
- Because food is the source of life, the sharing of food is the sharing of life.
- When Jesus went out to dine, he ate with individuals from all walks of life, though he preferred to eat with those from the lowest social groups.
- There were numerous different classes in Jewish society, ranging from the lowest beggars to the Church and state rulers: the chief priests, the elders, and the Pharisees.
- Even slight infractions of the law rendered you ritually unclean, and you were barred from participating in temple worship until you were washed in this manner.
- The assumption was that if you were crippled, it was due to your sin.
- (See also John 9:2) The association between infirmity and sin was strongly ingrained in the culture at the time of Jesus’ death, yet he rejected this premise.
- (See also John 9:3) It was necessary for priests of the Old Testament (Aaron and his descendants) to be in good physical condition.
For no one with a blemish, no one who is blind or lame, no one who has a mutilated face or a limb that is too long, no one who has a broken foot or a broken hand, no one who is a hunchback or a dwarf, no one who has a blemish in his eyes, no one who has an itching disease, no one who has scabs, and no one who has crushed testicles shall (See Leviticus 21:16–20 for further information.) This is the frame of mind from which Jesus was approaching things.
Although this exclusivity was in place, Jesus shattered it by inviting those to his meals who were normally on the ‘do not invite’ list.
According to Jesus, neither the austerity of John the Baptist nor his own openness to all was appreciated by ‘this generation.’ For when John showed up without eating or drinking, they declared that he was possessed by a demon; when the Son of Man showed up eating and drinking, they declared that he was “a glutton and a drinker, a buddy of tax collectors and sinners!” (Matthew 11:18–19; Mark 10:18–19; Luke 10:18–19) The expression “a glutton and a drunkard” has a long and illustrious history.
- Traditionally, an obstinate, rebellious, and disobedient son had to be carried to the town gates, where his parents were required to tell the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious.
- “He is a glutton and an alcoholic,” says the author.
- Therefore, you will remove the wicked from your midst, and all of Israel will hear and be alarmed as a result.
- It’s a difficult moment!
- With some understanding of Jesus’ origins and the context in which He lived, we can appreciate how absolutely revolutionary Jesus was in his willingness to dine with sinners and the physically challenged.
… According to Luke’s Gospel, Jesus’ eating habits led to his death on the cross. Robert J.Karris, Luke: Artist and Theologian, Paulist Press (1985), as cited in the LITE Training Program, page 7).
Luke’s Gospel – One Meal after Another
From the beginning until the end of Luke’s narrative, the motif of food is prevalent. This will be a sign for you: you will come across an infant wrapped in cloth and laying in a manger, as recorded in Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus. (See Luke 2:12 for more information.) What do you think it’s a symbol of? Because the manger served as a feeding box for animals, the child Jesus is shown from the time of his birth as nourishment for all of creation. This is the same term that Luke uses when he writes that after Jesus died, his corpse was wrapped in a linen cloth, which is a reference to the wrapping of the body of Jesus.
According to Luke, the first meal recorded is a “huge feast” attended by “a big multitude of tax collectors and others,” which is hosted by Levi, the tax collector whom Jesus had invited to accompany him.
As Jesus was eating with the Pharisees at their home, “a woman who was a sinner” intruded into the restricted group, and she ventured to wash Jesus’ feet with tears and wipe them with her hair, causing consternation.
He also applauded the lady for her “great display of love,” and he concluded by saying: ‘Your faith has saved you; depart in peace.’ With the use of an allegory depicting the kingdom of God as being similar to a reception for his son’s wedding, Jesus describes the reign of God as being like a feast.
(Matthew 22:1–10; Mark 10:1–10) Beginning in this world and coming to its fullness in the next, the kingdom of God is being established.
And I view this as a prelude to the fullness of the kingdom in the next world, which I believe is coming soon.
If you believe my imagination is getting the better of me, have a look at John’s description of heaven: Then I heard what sounded like the voice of a huge multitude, like the sound of many seas rushing together and like the sound of strong thunderclaps crashing together, shouting out, “Hallelujah!
Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give him praise and honor.
The Last Supper was the culmination of a series of meals that Jesus shared as a prominent and distinctive feature of his time in ministry, and it was during this final meal that Jesus instituted the Eucharistic banquet
, from which we draw nourishment for our spiritual journey and in which we share his company. The Last Supper was the culmination of a series of meals that Jesus shared as a prominent and distinctive feature of his time in ministry, and it was during this final meal that Jesus instituted the Eucharistic banquet
Eucharist as Food
The Eucharist is the fundamental means through which Jesus provides himself to us as food: first, via the liturgy of the Word, which consists of teachings that we take in and digest; and second, through the celebration of the Mass. Throughout our lives, Jesus’ knowledge provides nourishment for our spirits and guides us the path ahead step by step. Jesus’ teachings are so universal that they may be applied to every age with just minor adaptations to account for cultural differences. The gospel reading at Mass is a rich meal for our spirits, and paying great attention guarantees that we don’t miss any of the morsels of wisdom.
- In the Eucharist, a sacred feast of bread and wine is served to us, and we are invited to partake in this meal with one another.
- The Introduction to the Holy Eucharist “It is my opinion,” I say.
- “It is my opinion,” I say.
- The feeding of the five thousand with five loaves and two fish was a tremendous demonstration of Jesus’ capacity to sustain his people, and it foreshadowed the gift of the Eucharist that would come later.
- (See also John 6) I will refrain from providing a thorough commentary on this rich but complicated chapter since it is beyond the scope of this book.
- The people were pursuing Jesus around the lake because they wanted more of the free food that Jesus had given them, and Jesus chastises them for their actions.
However, the people want a sign, a work to justify their faith in him, and they remind him that their forefathers ate manna in the wilderness.
He then informs them that he is “the food of life.” Nobody will ever go hungry or thirsty if they come to me, and no one will ever go thirsty if they trust in me.
Moses, the manna, Wisdom, and the Torah will no longer be able to give sufficient nutrition.
In The Gospel of John, Sacra Pagina series, The Liturgical Press (Collegeville, USA), Francis J.
People who consumed the manna, including Moses, are now dead, but those who consume the bread that Jesus distributes will have eternal life, according to the teachings of the Lord Jesus.
There is an overarching theme running through the discourse: Jesus’ entire life and teachings are spiritual nourishment to be consumed.
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(p.220) This talk was delivered by Jesus while he was lecturing at the synagogue in Capernaum (verse 59) during the time of Passover (verse 4).
When reading this chapter, and indeed any section of the Bible, we must keep in mind that the translation of words from old languages such as Hebrew, Greek, and other ancient languages may be quite dangerous.
Here are a few illustrations: In English, the term “body” refers to the physical body, but in Scripture, the term “body” refers to the entire person.
In other cases, such as in the case of Jesus at the Last Supper, it alludes to a person who is about to lose their life via the shedding of blood, that is, someone who is about to die.
As an example, when Jesus commends Peter for his response to Jesus’ inquiry, ‘Who do you claim I am?, we can see that he is correct.
(Matthew 16:17; Mark 12:17) When reading John, we must exercise caution because he is fond of using poetic and metaphorical language.
As a result, Jesus is known as the Bread of Life in the sense that his revelation contains divine instruction (v.45), and that to have eternal life, one must trust in the Son.
Gandhi, the famous Indian leader, once claimed that if God were to appear to starving people, he would not dare to appear in any form other than that of nourishment.
Our human soul calls out for nutrition in the same way that our bodies want for regular meals and our minds yearn for knowledge. The Eucharist is the spiritual sustenance that Jesus offers for his followers. → Chapter 12: The Eucharist as a Means of Transfiguration
Be Nourished by the Bread of Life
I had my first full-blown panic attack around four years ago, and it was a terrifying experience. All of these incidents added up, and it became increasingly difficult for me to leave my house. It was two minutes later that I felt an intense tug to get out of the car and drive back to my parents’ house, which I had willingly gotten into the passenger seat to be driven to. I recall my husband and I taking our trotting dog for a walk a few yards from our house, and I was unable to carry on a basic conversation due to the emotional anguish I was experiencing.
I did encounter the temptation, though, over the months that passed without receiving any answers: “Will my life continue to be like this?” I thought to myself.
Hunger and Thirst in the Wilderness
Psalm 63 is David’s description of his glimpse of God. The wilderness is the scene for this Psalm—David characterizes his surroundings as “a region devoid of water, vapid, and weary.” O God, you are my God; I seek you with all my heart; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as if I were in a parched and parched region with no water to drink. (v. 1) a formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formal In addition, the Bible talks about several types of wildernesses in distinct categories.
As we read the book of John, we can see John the Baptist in the desert before he begins his career preaching the coming of Christ (Luke 1:80).
He was in a state of waiting.
Christ understands what it is like to be under the burden of being wronged or to be subjected to continuous falsehoods.
The Wilderness of the Soul
Another form of desert is mentioned in Scripture; it was announced by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:3), and it is at this point that the Christian faith becomes particularly personal. According to Scripture, if we do not have Christ, we are in a wilderness inside ourselves. As John the Baptist describes our current position without Christ in greater detail, we realize that it is the type of desert from which we will not be able to emerge and which time alone will not be able to heal. Now, David, who was in the desert, declared, “I thirst, and I hunger.” In a similar vein, we may remark, “My soul hurts.” David, on the other hand, adds two nice words— for you.
The opening verse of the Psalm explains why he has the authority to say these things.
And since God had been asked to be the God of his life, he had developed the practice of worshiping God even in the midst of his most difficult circumstances. In fact, he claims that doing so was his substantial, robust, meaty, and satiating supper for the evening.
The Everyday, Eternal Bread of Life
Jesus claims that he is the Bread of Life and that, through him, we shall never be hungry again. As Jesus continues to convey this reality, the subject of the desert recurs. They got manna from heaven while in the wilderness, but, according to Jesus, they perished because they did not eat it (John 6:49). As a result, Jesus is indicating that the type of food he will provide us falls into a whole separate category. He comes to us in the most desolate and deadly of wildernesses—the wasteland of our own hearts.
So, without a doubt, Jesus can fill us up in every other sort of wilderness as well.
When Jesus tells us, “Eat my flesh and drink my blood,” he is expressing to us what he is to us as the Son of God.
What could possibly be more appropriate to our everyday lives than this?
Three Truths About Christ’s Meal to Nourish You
For today’s spiritual nourishment, consider the following three realities regarding Christ’s meal:
1. This is not a meal of ourselves.
This is a realistic but hopeful situation. If you find yourself in a drained, exhausted, empty, and famished state, like I did with worry, don’t give up hope. There is hope. This is a genuine and humane environment to be in. You were not created to be self-sufficient or to grow your own food. We are like children in God’s eyes; we accept the meal and consume what has been prepared for us to ingest.
2. This is a resurrection meal.
Perhaps you are having difficulties connecting with these realities because you are unable to perceive them; they appear to be abstract concepts to you. However, Jesus claims that his food and drink are genuine because they would enable us to survive the final day. Then there will be no more desire for the final day; there will be no more falsehoods, temptations, or wicked pressures; there will be no more agony; and there will be no more grief for the sins of our souls. Our hearts will be entirely cleansed and cleared—and we will be set free from the wilderness that has surrounded us.
3. Christ is the food.
He did not send someone or anything else; he came personally in the form of a human being in order to sacrifice his body and shed his blood in order to bring us into harmony with God. God is becoming extremely intimate with us in this way. Take a look at Psalm 63:3-7 with this sort of cuisine in mind: My lips will sing your praises because your unwavering love is sweeter than life itself. As a result, I will bless you for as long as I live and will raise my hands in your honor. When I recall you upon my bed and think on you in the wee hours of the morning, my soul will be satiated as though by a feast of fat and delicious food, and my tongue will thank you with joyous lips, since you have been my aid, and under the shade of your wings, I will sing for joy in your presence.
In today’s world, this is a typical Christian supper: the daily bread of the surpassing truths of Christ—which is just as personal a benefit to us as Christ intended—as well as the rich, delicious feast of harvesting those same truths from within our souls to worship him in the desert.
Holy Communion Nourishes Your Supernatural Life
The reception of Holy Communion helps to maintain and enhance the spiritual life of your soul. It is in the Holy Eucharist that Christ comes to dwell bodily among us via His Real Presence in our tabernacles, repeat the Sacrifice of Calvary in a nonbloody way on our altars, and nourish the souls of those who receive it in Holy Communion. The Eucharist is not simply a sacrifice, but it is also a sacrament, according to Catholic tradition. As a sacrifice, it is directed first and foremost at God; as a sacrament, it is directed first and foremost at ourselves.
- God has made it possible for us to partake in His own essence and dynamic activity via the gift of divine grace, which He has bestowed upon us.
- Through the process of transubstantiation, the Bread of Angels has been transformed into the meal of man.
- It has remarkable benefits on the youngsters who are exposed to it.
- When you receive Holy Communion, you are receiving the Body of Jesus, which is in the shape of bread.
- He takes everything He is and everything that He has and makes it yours.
- You couldn’t have asked for anything better.
- It follows that the Holy Eucharist is the most majestic and greatest of all sacraments, not only in terms of dignity, but also in terms of power, for Jesus Christ Himself is the very essence of this sacrament.
- It is appropriately referred to as the Blessed Sacrament.
Through the Eucharist, you share in the life of God
God is the origin of all life. The Father has given Himself to the Son from the beginning of time. Father and Son devote themselves to the Holy Spirit as an one being, sharing with Him their one divinity. The eternal Son of God, moved by His boundless love for our fallen race, took on human flesh so that mankind could have life, and enjoy it more abundantly than they had before. During the time of the Incarnation, the vast majority of Adam’s descendants had abandoned their pursuit of vain honors, false riches, and wicked pleasures in favor of a life committed to the pursuit of material wealth and pleasure.
The only-begotten Son of God then condescended to become a human being in order to lift man up to the level of God.
It was not enough for Him to make atonement for God’s sins in a way that only a divine Person could do, or to restore to man the supernatural life that Adam had lost, but out of His unfailing love for us, He left us a wonderful gift that would nourish and foster the supernatural life within our souls, adorn them with holiness, and thus perfect us more and more in our glorious dignity as divine sons of the Father.
- This magnificent gift is the live Flesh and Blood of the Word Incarnate, which is present in significant quantities in the consecrated Host.
- As a result of whether that heavenly feast is properly attended or ignored, man will either experience for eternity the fullness of the supernatural life in the Beatific Vision of God, or he will be excluded from Him, depending on his actions.
- But first and foremost, He committed His life in its entirety to the precious humanity of Jesus, which was united to the second Person of the Blessed Trinity via the power of the Holy Spirit.
- The faithful are the members of this Body, and they, in turn, are invited to participate in the intimate existence of the three Divine Persons.
- He has earned this divine life that mankind had lost as a result of its sin via His blood on the Cross.
- Holy Communion is particularly important because it is the sacrament of unity.
Augustine in his prayer. He is, then, the new Priest and the new Victim, not of the law but above the law, the universal Advocate.” He is the new Priest and the new Victim.
The Bread of Life is food for your soul
The first and most important result of Holy Communion is the gift of life. All of the sacraments either bestow supernatural life to the soul or help the soul to develop supernatural life that has already been discovered. They do this for a number of different reasons. For example, the sacrament of Penance brings the soul back to life; the sacrament of Confirmation endows the soul with a specific strength to struggle against the forces of evil in the world. The Eucharist, on the other hand, is concerned with the very existence of the supernatural.
“We should consider the effects of the Eucharist in light of the manner in which the sacrament is conferred, as it is given in the form of food and drink: thus, all the effects that material food and drink produce for the corporal life — that is, to sustain, to cause growth, to repair loss, and to delight — this sacrament produces them also for the spiritual life,” writes St.
- Holy Communion is a sacrament, and as such, like all other sacraments, it is a symbol created by Christ to bestow grace on all who participate in it.
- Baptism, for example, is a symbolic bath in which the grace of spiritual cleansing from sin is contained and conferred upon the believer.
- It strengthens the recipient’s faith and anoints him or her for the spiritual struggle, much like an athlete of old.
- Holy Communion is intended to accomplish for the soul what physical nourishment accomplishes for the body: it is intended to sustain and defend life.
- Jesus emphasizes this truth five times in his talk following the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.
Unless you eat the Flesh and drink the Blood of the Son of Man, you have no life in you; he who eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” The sharing of divine life implies that God lives in you and that you live in Him, and that, just as God the Son possesses by nature the same life as the Father in its unlimited completeness, so you share it by grace with God the Father as well.
- When Our Lord compared the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar to the manna given to the Jews, he was referring to the fact that the Holy Eucharist was intended to be the daily spiritual sustenance for Christians, just as the manna had been for the Israelites during their time in the wilderness.
- Manna is brought down from Heaven to nourish our souls during our time on earth until we finally reach in Heaven, our everlasting home and the land of promise.
- ” Your forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they perished as a result of their actions.
- He offers Himself to you as nutrition for your spirit, saying, “My Flesh is food truly, and my Blood is drink indeed” (Matthew 26:35).
- The Eucharist, like the manna, is bread that has come down from Heaven to give life to your soul by nurturing grace inside you.
- Just as it is vital to nourish and feed your body on a daily basis, it is also necessary to nourish and feed your soul, since, as is evident, the soul requires no less spiritual nutrition than the body does in terms of material nourishment.
- If you only take Communion on a limited basis, you become more vulnerable to temptation and sin, and as your spiritual strength diminishes, you may fall into grave sin.
- They are still physically alive, but they are no longer living spiritually.
Fr. Lovasik’s The Basic Book of the Eucharist contains a chapter that has been altered for this page. It is available as a paperback or an ebook from your favorite bookshop, as well as on the Sophia Institute Press website. Photo courtesy of Annie Theby on Unsplash
God nourishes us through the Eucharist
The Feast of the Preparation of the Body and Blood of Christ 9:11-17 (Luke 9:11-17) There’s a good chance that this weekend will be dubbed “Feast of the Holy Eucharist.” As a result of its centrality to Catholicism and to Catholics’ perceptions of true life in and with God, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, as it was known during the days of the Latin liturgy, has a long and illustrious history in Catholic devotion.
- The Holy Eucharist is the most precious of all of the Church’s riches, and on this feast day, the Church takes the opportunity to ponder the Eucharist in greater depth.
- Other Spanish explorers called the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Colorado in remembrance of the Lord’s rescuing blood, which is commemorated in the name of the mountains.
- Genesis, like all of the other books of the Old Testament, is much more than a collection of historical events or prophetic pronouncements.
- God did not abandon mankind after the creation of the world, and certainly not after the fall of Adam and Eve.
- Men of faith such as Abraham and Melchizedek reigned over Salem, better known as Jerusalem, during their respective eras.
- The second reading comes from the First Epistle to the Corinthians, written by St.
- Paul’s inclusion of this account, as well as the inclusion of this story in the Synoptic Gospels, demonstrates how significant the Last Supper was to the early Christians.
Finally, the words are clear and concise.
my flesh” and “Cup.
Luke serves as the last reading.
It’s time for dinner.
For example, in the largely symbolic usage of numbers during a time when scientific accuracy was rarely required, the numerals five and two represented something puny and horribly inadequate.
He then delegated the task of distributing the food to the disciples.
After everyone had finished eating, 12 baskets were required for the leftovers.
Reflection The Church exhorts us to fix our thoughts on the Holy Eucharist and our hearts on the Almighty God.
The second reading instructs us on how to participate in the Eucharist.
The truth of the Eucharist was unmistakable in their minds.
“This is my physical body.” “This is my blood,” says the narrator.
Finally, the Gospel informs us of God’s unfathomable love for us.
This outpouring of spiritual nutrition is brought about by and through God’s love, which is demonstrated and supplied through Christ.
God’s love continues to nourish us and is made available to us via the celebration of the Eucharist in the Church. It is for us, just as it was for the Apostles long ago on the hillside when they joined Jesus in feeding the throngs. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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