Eat This Bread…Drink This Cup…

29 May 2016 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Eat This Bread…Drink This Cup…

SHRC-160508-092 (Resized)Whenever we soberly consider our own death, don’t we also tend to think of the loved ones we will be leaving behind? Are we not concerned that they will be safe and secure and not in distress because of our absence? At such times we oftentimes also will have drawn up a last will and testament to ensure that they are not deprived of whatever good we might be able to provide for them once we are gone?

Think then of what transpired in Jesus’ life. Consider what St. Paul was telling the Corinthians in today’s second reading: “…on the night he was handed over…” His last will and testament was to create the Holy Eucharist. “Do this … in remembrance of me.” He left us a unique and irreplaceable nourishment for our souls under the guise of bread and wine. “…as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup…” you profess that Christ saves us from our sins until we share His glory.

The Eucharist is what He asks us to do and to live as the greatest gift He could possibly leave us. It is not for nothing that the fathers of Vatican Council II declared the Eucharist to be the very summit and source of Christian life.

This is what we honor and celebrate in a special way today.

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