This is a syndicated post from Daily Meditations with Fr. Alfonse. [Read the original article...]
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
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Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Gift that never goes out of style. I heard today that Apple Inc. will be coming out with an electronic watch – the, you guessed it, iWatch. Reportedly, the going price will be around $200.00 a pop. As for me, I will wait for the demand to go down, as well as the price, just like it did for my first iPhone (I bought the iPhone 3 for 99 cents!).
Which brings me to the apple of God’s eye: The Eucharist. Undoubtedly, the Eucharist constitutes the most amazing gift that has neither gone out of style or diminished in worth. Heck, even sinners are lining up every week to receive it!
McDonalds once boasted of having served billions of burgers since its inception. They have nothing to boast about. The Catholic Church serves billions every year!
The secrets to the Eucharist’s longevity and appeal are found in its significance and simplicity, both of which never go out of style. As politicians and religious figures go out of style, the Lord never goes out of style. As movements and churches go out of style, the Catholic Church keeps on ticking. As modernity gives way to, well, modernity, the Church becomes more and more attractive and appealing.
The Church is the Eucharist. The only reason why the Catholic Church is not died is because the Eucharist lives forever. And the only reason why there is so much drama in the Church today (and yesterday and tomorrow) is because the Lord long ago rose from the dead. Just when you thought He was dead and gone, He comes back to life. Just when you thought the Apostles had returned to their former ways of life, they return to Jerusalem filled with the Holy Spirit.
All thanks to the Eucharist!
The Church is not its buildings, regardless of how beautiful they are. Beauty fades. The Church is not its Pope, regardless of how amazing he is. Popes die. The Church is not even the people of God, regardless of how in tune or out of tune they are in their sanctity. People change. No! The Church is the continuation of Christ’s presence in the world – the sacrament of Jesus Christ. She is the visible sign of His body, blood, soul and divinity.
Come, let us adore Him and receive Him today!
But there is one last thing I need to mention. Not only is the Eucharist the sacrament of Christ’s body, blood, soul and divinity, it is also the sacrament of His Love. The Bread of His life is none other than the Bread of His Love. No wonder why it is the gift that keeps on giving, regardless of how worthy the recipient is.
Come, let us love Him and receive Him properly today! (146)
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