Today, as we celebrate the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, we are invited to go back to the beginnings, on that special Thursday night, before the Lord Jesus underwent his sufferings and death on the Cross.

Let’s just read the Gospel of John, chapter 6 and try to understand. Jesus did say: ‘Moses did not give you bread from heaven, my Father gives  you the bread from heaven. “I am the bread of life” means, the consecrated bread and wine are his body and blood. But He is alive, forever. Didn’t he add, after giving to eat and drink to his disciples, “ do this in memory of me”?

Now, remember your first communion. Did you not feel that you truly had Jesus coming to you? Some of us did our first communion when we were adults. So do you think when you were taught that we receive truly the Body and Blood of Jesus at communion, this was a story for kids that should be put aside when we grow up?

In John’s Gospel chapter 6, we find some people who did not believe that Jesus could give us his Body and Blood to eat and drink. They were believers to that point, they were followers of his. After Jesus told them He gives us His Body and Blood to eat and drink, they stopped following Him, they left the group of believers. Then Jesus asked the twelve:” What about you, do you want to go away too?  Simon Peter answered, “Lord, whom shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God “. John 6, 67-69

So then, brother, sister, we do not have to follow the great crowd of unbelievers. We are free to remain faithful to Jesus, faithful to our beliefs. Why don’t we teach our children that they can choose to remain who they are, to keep the Catholic faith. I read this message from the internet; “We live in these times where intelligent people are asked be prudent in order not to offend the ignorant.”

Besides the Scripture, we have, in the Catholic Church, many great Eucharistic miracles, backing up our faith. Some of you have watched them in the Family Life Center. We also have many examples of men and women, who have lived months or even years without food, except holy communion. The best example I can give is that of Marthe Robin, a French lady, member of the Legion of Mary, who stayed alive some time without any other food than holy communion once in a while. In the future, I will give other testimonies from our congregations, from people who have experienced in their lives the real presence of our Lord and Savior in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

 

Fr. Ridore