What is it that we need to sustain life? Our first answer if we are considering the physical body may be water, and just as often we might say bread and water, for that is the very least a person needs to survive. Bread is a staple in most of our homes. Think about how often you eat crackers, bagels, rolls, sandwiches, hamburger and hot dog buns, toast, croissants, muffins, biscuits, or pita and flat breads. Bread is a food that nourishes and satisfies our hunger. And so it is fitting that God’s plan for our salvation includes the Bread of Life; The Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. On this day our Church celebrates and gives all honor and glory to the incredible gift that Jesus gave us; the gift of
himself in the sacrifice of his body on the cross. Gathering his most beloved disciples he shared with them in a real way his body and his blood and by that action secured our being one with him for eternity. Jesus is the Bread of Life. Jesus is the Bread we need to nourish and care for our souls. As we partake in the Sacrament of the Eucharist we become the Body of Christ, strengthened so that we might live as a disciple of Christ to grow in his love and bring others into the Body of Christ here on this earth.
“Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body, which will be given up for you.” “Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood.”
As you hear these words spoken by the priest at Mass, do you truly believe Jesus is present? The Catholic Church has no doubt and has never waivered on the validity of these statements; they indeed were spoken
to all of humanity by Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ calls each of us to remember this great gift and to contemplate how blessed we are that Jesus offers himself to us so that we might live with Father, Son and Holy Spirit for eternity.
Take time this day to thank God for this precious gift. Talk to your sons an daughters, grandsons and granddaughters about how important it is that we approach the Table of Lord with great reverence for what we will receive. Help them to understand the REAL presence of Christ through the prayers of the priest who calls down the Holy Spirit upon the ordinary bread and wine that we bring forward, that they may become the Body and Blood of Christ. Today also provides a great opportunity for all of us to prepare to receive Jesus with great respect and dignity. Think about how you receive this gift; do you prepare spiritually, have you participated fully in the Mass, are you dressed appropriately, do you know how to receive this gift reverently? And most importantly, do you take time to give thanks to God for the gift of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – the One True Bread of Life?!
With awe and wonder,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC