Father's Gift from the Great Mystery of the
Christ the Eternal Word of the Most Holy Trinity
Eucharist (the Mass as Eucharistic celebration) is the focal point of the Liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church. The
Greek word “eucaristieV”
(‘eucharisties’ -‘evhareesties’) means “thanks or thanksgiving”*.
This word has been adopted by the American Catholic Church as the meaning of
the word “eucharist”.
above may be the adopted meaning of the word, but the authentic
ancient ecclesiastical meaning of the word “EUCHARIST” is from:
– meaning “good”, “true” "(most typical)"*
“CHARIST- meaning “gift”; “a spiritual gift, divinely granted”
from the Greek “carisma”
*(Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, unabridged, 1909-1966, G.&.C.
Merriam Co., pp.782,377)
The mystical and immutable bonding of the divine and human
natures of Jesus Christ as the Eternal Word is apparent in Christ’s
Gift of Himself to us in the Most Holy Eucharist; He gives
us the spiritual and physical Presence of Himself. (Cf. John 6:42;
Lk24:27; Lk24:30,3; 1Cor11:27-29)
Christ, the Eternal Word, said the below statement about Himself. The reaction
to this statements is well-known: His apostles were mystified and some of His
disciples thought He was irrational---to the point that they walked away
truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his
blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has
eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food
indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
abides in me, and I in him."
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this
bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of
the world is my flesh."
The Last Supper
mystified eyes of the Apostles, paralyzed by Christ's Eucharistic claim, were opened at the Last Supper:
he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying,
‘This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.’ And
likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant
in my blood, which will be shed for you.’”
their relief, the Apostles finally discovered what Jesus had meant when He said:
my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.”
meant by his command ("...do this in memory of Me...") that His actions at the Last Supper were to be imitated by the Apostles
and that His words (“…This is my body…This cup
is the new covenant in my blood”) effected the transubstantiation of the
bread and wine into His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. We can
say this simply because it is the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ the Eternal Word
Who acts upon the ordinary articles of bread and wine to incarnate them into
Himself. It is the same Incarnation (Christ is the Incarnation) that
occurred in the womb of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary 2000 years ago. This is
definitely possible because:
The Word of God is a “fiat”, a “let it be done” that effects an act of God
that MUST take place; regardless of time and space, according to the Divine
Will of the Father. It is the same Divine Power that brought the ordered
Christ the Eternal Word is consubstantial with the Father and the Holy Spirit
and cannot be segmented or divided. God is One; the Thrice Holy Trinity is of
undivided unity and perfect co-equality.
is no other possible explanation for the words of Christ at the Last Supper.
Jesus further developed the revelation of the Last Supper in
the minds of his Apostles after He rose from the tomb. The glorified Jesus
Christ the Eternal Word, after preaching to two of His disciples on the road
to Emmaus, presented Himself to these same disciples in the first Eucharistic
Celebration after the Last Supper. It was composed of the Liturgy of the Word
(Lk24:27), the Eucharistic Consecration (Lk24:30), and
the Eucharistic Communion (Lk24:30,31):
Liturgy of the Word given by Jesus at Emmaus:
beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the
scriptures the things concerning himself.”
The Eucharistic Consecration and the Eucharistic Communion
At Emmaus Jesus consecrated the bread, distributed Holy Communion and
'communed' with His disciples: “When he was at table with them, he took the
bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes
were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.”
In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul confirms the
Mystery of the Eucharist as taking place in time and space
and---according to tradition:
“The cup of
blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The
bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”
"For I received from the Lord what I also
delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed
took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my
body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, 'This
cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in
remembrance of me.'" (1Cor11:23-25
therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner
will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine
himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats
and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.”
the Incarnate Father, Word and Spirit. The human nature of Jesus was begotten
as God by the divine act of the Redemption. Therefore, His words in the Mass:
"This is My Body" means 'this is Myself'. Since Jesus is, in the
Trinity, Incarnate Father, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit--- the Eucharist is
At the Foot of the Cross
participating at Mass, we are, in reality, at the foot of the Cross on
Calvary. It is at this point we are most like Mary, the Mother of God as she
stood beneath the cross of her Son---as she has stood by the crosses of all
the martyrs throughout the past 2000 years.
We know that we are at Calvary
because the Word of God in Sacred Scripture concerning the Eucharist is not
limited to time and space. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a continuing
compensation for the sins of mankind:
"The graces are endless at the Mass. The Mass
is an ongoing sacrifice. There is one Sacrifice that goes on and on and on.
Place yourself at the foot of the Cross. You are there at the Mass. Enter into
My Sacrifice. In the Mass come to know Me, the resurrected Christ."
(February 2, 1992)
the deepest truth about God is made clear to us in Christ.
I not show the world that there is victory in the cross? Did I not show the
world there is love in the cross? I showed the world Myself completely in the
(August 15, 1990)
The Fiat of the Father, in
effecting the Redemption, required Jesus to die on the Cross. When, at the
Last Supper, Jesus said:
this in memory of me." (Lk 22:19) His command, because
of the 'eternal present' of Heaven, is authorized in Heaven for the duration
of all time on earth: "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me"
It is Jesus Christ, in
His Holy Spirit; He is the One who says: "This is My Body",
and: "This is My Blood of the New and Everlasting Covenant" because His Word of
2000 years ago---"Do
this in memory of me"
---makes Him say it. It was His obvious
intention for His sacrifice on the cross to continue on earth until the end of
time; but not in the
manner of His actual crucifixion as: "He did that once for all"
(Heb7:27). The Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass is the self-giving of God;
divine self-giving that can never be approximated by humans---only imitated.
Jesus, by His Word, fully meant that this Last Supper
"commemoration" of Him be nothing less than His "unbloody sacrifice", His
sacrifice of Himself on the cross, enduring on earth until the end of time.
Any other interpretation would place limits on the infinite power of the Will
of God. It is not possible to place limits on God.
During the Consecration of the Mass, when
the priest, acting in person a Christi (in the Person of Christ), repeats His words: "This is My
Body"---what was bread becomes Christ by the action of Christ; but still appears as bread. (It is the
same for the wine---changed by Jesus to His Most Precious Blood by His own
action; but still appears as wine.)
The Bible says: "Wisdom has
built her house, she has set up her seven columns; She has dressed her meat,
mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table." Prov9:1-2. (The seven columns are the seven Churches in Revelation 1; so the postulated
time of the Proverb is the time of the Chruch in the New Testament. The meat
and wine are indicative of the Body and Blood of the Lord, and the table is the altar on which the Eucharistic
Christ is offered to the Father in an unbloody manner.)
The bread and wine in the Mass become,
together, the Presence of Christ in His Body and in His Blood in the complete
Eucharistic Species; with each Species---the bread and the wine---completely
Christ. In nature, a whole corporal entity has a body complete with
blood. In nature, death results from separating the body from the blood. In
the Mass the Body is One with the Blood.
The Mass is a new creation;
it is a renewal of life through the Blood of Christ on the Cross. It is
nothing less than the new creation that came from the Father's Fiat of the
Redemption---the new creation of Salvation. What Christ does in the Mass is
what the new Adam, Christ, does in the Mass. In the Mass Christ gives us a new
creation from the Blood of His Cross. And He commands us: "Do this in
commeration of Me."
Prayer to Our Eucharistic Jesus
most humble and adorable, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of Thy
Divine Love here on thy concealed Sacred Throne, this poor child
prostrates his soul and whole self before Thee.
Out of my
nothingness and sins, I implore Thee to accept my poor prayers and little
acts of reparation and adoration to quench Thy thirst for souls and to
obtain full pardon for the profanations, ingratitude and outrages which
are received by Thee each and every moment from the countless number of us
Thy everlasting Mercy towards mankind that moved Thee so deeply to the
point of veiling Thyself to remain in Love on our Altars and in our
Tabernacles all over the earth.
Jesus, by Thy Soul, Body and Divinity, truly present in the most Holy
Eucharist, accept the tears of my soul that these very precious souls of
Thine (n) may not lose their eternity forever.
everlasting ages belong to Thee, so we entrust our total selves to Thy
loving care, and gaze now, in life and in death. Amen
4th, 1991 to Sr. Anna Ali in Kenya)
"Gaze upon Me and find courage.
always accompany My faithful ones
and give strength and comfort
to those who suffer for Me."