Written on 19 December 2014, 19.07 by Gene C. Alberto

Is the Eucharist truly the Body and Blood of Christ?
In the First Letter to the Corinthians (see 11:23-26), St. Paul echoes the words of Jesus over the bread and wine at the Last Supper (the first Eucharist): “This is my body… this is my blood” (Mt 26:26-28).  Nothing in this passage suggest that our Lord was speaking only symbolically.
In fact, Jesus stated repeatedly that whoever would eat His flesh and drink His blood would have eternal life (see Jn 6:51-56)
Luke’s account of the disciples’ encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus also points to this truth.  There our Lord took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them – where upon they recognized Him, and He physically vanished from their midst (see Lk 24:35)
What is it called when the bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Christ?
It is called “transubstantiation”.  It is of course a mystery we will never fully understand.  But even though we may find it difficult to imagine how this event takes place, we can be sure that God who created the universe out of nothing has the power to accomplish this miracle as well.

Why can’t non-Catholics partake in the Eucharist?
This is one reason why non-Catholics should not partake in the Eucharist in a Catholic Church.  They typically deny that it is truly Christ’s Body and Blood.  They should not approach the Catholic altar for communion.
The Eucharist thus signifies a oneness in faith, life, and worship among those who partake of it.  So reception of the Eucharist by those separated from the Catholic Church is in a sense dishonest.  It implies a unity that does not exist.
In the meantime, the church urges us to pray fervently that all Christians...

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These little sons and daughters of God received their First Holy Communion worthily last Sunday, December 7.  It was a sharing to the full of the Eucharistic sacrifice, by eating together the Flesh and Blood of Christ as food and drink for their soul.
After communion, with much joy in their hearts, they spent some time thanking our Lord, renewing their promise of love and obedience, and asking Him for blessing for their parents, for Rev. Msgr. Dennis, Rev. Fr. Allan, Rev. Fr. Patrick, their Teacher Gene Alberto and for themselves.
Most of all, they thank Jesus for giving Himself to them in the Eucharist.


 

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