The Eucharist

 

The Eucharist

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 The Father's Gift from the Great Mystery of the Incarnation of

Jesus Christ the Eternal Word of the Most Holy Trinity

 

The 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”.

 The above may be the adopted meaning of the word, but the authentic ancient ecclesiastical meaning of the word “EUCHARIST” is from:

   “EU – meaning “good”, “true” "(most typical)"*

   -and-

   “CHARIST- meaning “gift”; “a spiritual gift, divinely granted” from the Greek “carisma” (‘charisma’)*

 *(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)

 Jesus 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 from Him:

 "Truly, 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."  (Jn6:53-56)

 And:

 “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."  (Jn6:42)

 

The Last Supper

 

The mystified eyes of the Apostles, paralyzed by Christ's Eucharistic claim, were opened at the Last Supper:

 “Then 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.’” (Mt26:26-28;Mk14:22-24;Lk22:19-20;Jn6:55;1Cor:11:23-25)

 To their relief, the Apostles finally discovered what Jesus had meant when He said:

 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.(Jn6:55)

 Jesus 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:

 1. 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 cosmos into existence.

2. Jesus 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.

....There 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):

 The Liturgy of the Word given by Jesus at Emmaus:

 "And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”  (Lk24:27 RSV)

 

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.”  (Lk42:30,31 RSV)                                                                              

 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?”  (1Cor10:16 RSV)

"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 RSV)

“Whoever, 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.”  (1Cor11:27-29 RSV)

Jesus is 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 God Himself.

 

 

At the Foot of the Cross

 

 When 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)

Indeed, the deepest truth about God is made clear to us in Christ.

"Did 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 cross."  (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: "Do 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" (Mt28:18). 

 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.)

 

Conclusion

 

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

 

Oh 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 miserable sinners.

 It was 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.

 Oh  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.

 The everlasting ages belong to Thee, so we entrust our total selves to Thy loving care, and gaze now, in life and in death.  Amen

 (April 4th, 1991 to Sr. Anna Ali in Kenya)

 

"Gaze upon Me and find courage. 

I always accompany My faithful ones

and give strength and comfort

to those who suffer for Me."