Body and Blood of Christ!

3 Jun 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Body and Blood of Christ!

Who can deny the emphasis on the symbolism of blood in the first two readings of today’s feast? Who can deny that Jesus used the symbolism of both eating and drinking in establishing the sacrament of Communion?

We beneficiaries of the scientific breakthroughs of the past few centuries, with its corresponding change in the way we think, can fail to appreciate that in Biblical times, people thought that blood was the source of life. Jesus bequeathed to us as Sacrament the gift of nourishment and life under the signs of food and drink.

For this gift, the Christian response is to say “thank you”, which in the original language of the New Testament is “Eucharist”.

The old catechism used to teach that a Sacrament is an efficacious sign, efficacious meaning that over and above pointing to another reality.  In this case however, the sign actually contains the reality.

The full sign of the Eucharist is both eating Christ’s body and drinking His blood. Do we not quote the words of Jesus at every consecration: “Take this, ALL OF YOU, and drink from it; for this is the chalice of my blood…”.

Who in the congregation today, if injured and in danger of losing life would refuse a needed blood transfusion? Yet, more than half of us routinely neglect the full sacramental sign by failing to drink Our Lord’s precious blood!

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