The Real Presence | Corpus Christi Reflection from Dr. Edward Sri
by TERI TOLPA
“I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” (Lk 22:15-16)
Excerpt from The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights for Praying the 20 Mysteries by Dr. Edward Sri (published by Servant Books).
At the Last Supper, Jesus gives us his very body and blood in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine. For the ancient Jews the bodyexpressed the person’s soul, and the blood was believed to contain the person’s life.
From this perspective, we can see that in the Eucharist, Jesus intends to give himself completely to us in this sacrament of love.
By giving us his body and blood, Christ forges the most profound union we have with him here on earth. Indeed reception of the Eucharist is called “Holy Communion” for it is communion with Jesus himself – his body, blood, soul, and divinity. As the true “Bread of Life,” Jesus himself tells us that the Eucharist is vital for our union with him:
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. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me” (Jn 6:54-57).
Material for Prayer
To reflect on this most awesome event and sacrament – Corpus Christi – the SOURCE and SUMMIT of our Catholic Faith! – enjoy some insights on the Most Holy Eucharist from Dr. Tim Gray, Jeff Cavins and Dr. Edward Sri. Stay tuned throughout the week for food for the soul which you can reflect on at prayer with Scripture (there are Bible references included!) – especially in the PRESENCE of Our Eucharistic Lord in the Blessed Sacrament – at Adoration or veiled in a tabernacle!
And be sure to pass these reflections on to your friends – Catholics and non-Catholics alike! They are a beautiful blend of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition – which shows how the Catholic Church is truly founded in the Word of God made manifest through His Church.
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What IS the Feast of Corpus Christi?
With the Feast of Corpus Christi, traditionally celebrated the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (moved to the following Sunday in the U.S.), we observe the Institution of the Holy Eucharist. Since this event (Holy Thursday) falls during Holy Week, when our hearts and minds are occupied with matters of the Lord’s Passion, the Church has recognized the importance of honoring this event at a different time. (Thanks to New Advent for this information!)
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