Christ Present to Us

FRIDAY: Third Week of Easter

Acts 9:1-20/Ps.116/Jn.6:52-59

Christ Present to Us

The Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ. It is not a metaphor. It is not an allegory. Christ spoke existentially. Christ intended us to understand that he transfigured and transubstantiated bread and wine into his body and blood. Yes! Christ transmitted his body, soul and divinity into the Eucharistic species and made then his body and blood - the new and eternal covenant.

For heaven's sake, Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, God with us (Is.7:14; Matt.1:23). God bestowed on him all power and authority in heaven and on earth (Matt.28:19). Christ has the endowment of the Father to do whatever he wills (Ps.115:3). He is the beloved Son in whom the Father is well pleased (Is.42:1; Matt.3:22; Mk.9:8). God's appeal to us is "Listen to him." In other words, God sent his Son to establish the Eucharist under the appearance of bread and wine. The Eucharist is not a spiritual concept. It is the reality of Christ present in us and among us in all the tabernacles of on earth. The closest we can come to God on earth is in the Holy Eucharist.

Being the source and summit of our life, salvation and resurrection, it would have been impossible for Christ to leaves us as orphans and return to the Father. Intentionally, therefore, Christ instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist as his perpetual presence to assist us towards that end. Let us, friends, glory in the Lord's body and blood for it is the hope of our salvation.

Lord, for your great mercies through the Holy Eucharist, I thank you.

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