What We Believe

And Jesus [God] said, “Take and eat; this is my body.”  And taking a cup, he gave thanks and  gave it to them, saying, “All of you drink of this; for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is being shed for many unto the forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26:26-28). *

And Jesus [God] said, “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” (John 6:51). *

And Jesus [God] said, “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.  As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.  This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bead will live for ever”(John 6:53-58). *

 

"We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God. " John 6:69

 

1322-1419  HOLY EUCHARIST

Holy Eucharist is a Sacrament in which Christ Himself is truly though not visibly present as God and Man, with His glorified Body and Blood, under the appearances of bread and wine, to offer Himself on the altar as our sacrifice and to give Himself as our sacrificial food.

“The Eucharistic celebration is a holy meal which recalls the Last Supper, reminds us of our unity with one another in Christ, and anticipates the banquet of the kingdom.  In the Eucharist, Christ the Lord nourishes Christians, not only with His word but especially with His Body and Blood, effecting a transformation which impels them toward greater love of God and neighbor” (National Catechetical Directory, no. 120).

Jesus promised the Holy Eucharist in the words:  “The bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world.  The Jewish people quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us His flesh to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you.  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.  For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink’” (Jn 6:51-55).

Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist on the night before He suffered and died.  When Jesus spoke the words “This is My Body, this is My Blood’ (see Mt 26:26-28), He changed the bread into His sacred Body and the wine into His precious Blood.  With the words: “Do this in memory of Me” (see Lk 22:19), Jesus conferred upon the Apostles the power also to change bread into His sacred Body and wine into His precious Blood.  His power to change bread and wine was handed on to bishops and priests.

That Jesus is truly present in the Holy Eucharist we know:  from the words by which Jesus promised and instituted the Sacrament; and from the teaching of the Apostle Paul and the Church.      St. Joseph Catholic Manual, Part 1: Principal Beliefs pg. 32

The Eucharist is the sign of God’s great love for us and fills us with happiness and gratitude.  At the same time, it fills us with sorrow and pain because God’s love is not returned by His people.  The Heart which has so loved human beings remains neglected and even offended by them.

Conscious of this sad situation, we should make reparation for ourselves and for others.  To make reparation signifies being united to Christ, taking up our cross and carrying it out of love for Him in atonement.  Then our human love will dimly resemble divine love, becoming an eternal, universal, and saving love.

Throughout the course of the day we should strive to spend a few moments before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  We should adore and thank Him for all the gifts that he has given us and for the gift of His Real Presence, then tell Him our needs and everything that is in our heart, so that we may receive comfort and strength.  “Come to Me, all you who are weary and overburdened; and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). -Catholic Books of Prayers, pg. 77-78

 

During the Last Supper, what was Jesus holding in his hands?

Jesus, held bread in His sacred hands and declared that the bread was in fact His Body and when He held the cup and declared the contents of the cup to be His Blood. *

Yes, He actually gave His Body and Blood to the Apostles to eat and drink.  Certainly this is a mystery, one of the greatest mysteries in the history of the world.  These elements still looked and tasted like bread and wine, but in fact they had become in reality Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, simply because, as God, He declared them to be so. *

Jesus went on to say,‘Do this in memory of me’. What did He mean by the word ‘this’? *

He had just changed bread and wine into His Body and Blood, and He commanded His Apostles to do the same.  At that moment Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Priesthood, and during the Mass, when a duly ordained priest says the same words Jesus spoke, the Holy Spirit changes bread and wine into the reality of Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. *

The faith of the Apostolic and early Church in the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Eucharist is attested by the words of St. Paul and the Fathers; …St. Paul says: ‘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?’ (lCor.10:16) *

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, also called Theophorus (God Bearer), wrote during the very beginning of the second century. And, other than the original Apostles, there was not individual in the early Church with a more comprehensive knowledge of sacred theology.  As a matter of fact, Ignatius was the first to use the word ‘Catholic’ when referring to the Church Jesus established. *

And Saint Ignatius said, ‘You should regard that Eucharist as valid which is celebrated either by the bishop or by someone he authorizes.  Where the bishop is present, there let the congregation gather, just as where Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church’. (Letter to the Smyrneans, 8, [ca.A.D. 104/107]). *

And Saint Ignatius said, “Try to gather together more frequently to celebrate God’s Eucharist and to praise him.  For when you meet with frequency, Satan’s powers are overthrown and his destructiveness is undone by the unanimity of your faith’ (Letter to the Ephesians, 13, [ca. A.D. 104/107]). * 

* (Victor Claveau, MJ, Bible Sabotage, pgs.148-151.

 The Incarnate Word, our God and Savior Jesus, Who gives Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist [the Bread of Life], appears in the Gospels as the supreme Lord of the earth, of demons, and of the supernatural life.  Everything is subject to His sovereign domain. 

 

At the beginning of His apostolic ministry, He assists at the wedding of Cana.  The Blessed Virgin Mary [His Mother] turns to her Son with a gaze of supplication; in a low voice she murmurs to Him a brief request.  Mary knows His power and His love.  And Jesus, who does not know how to refuse her anything, transforms the water into wine.

On another occasion, the Master and His disciples take a boat across Lake Gennesareth. 

The wind becomes a hurricane, a tempest is unleashed, the waves rise, and billows flourish with a frightening roar; the boat is going to sink.  The Savior sleeps in the stern, His disciples wake Him, crying out:  “Lord, save us, we parish!”6  Then the Savior arises;  He speaks to the wind;  He says to the furious sea:  Silence, calm yourself!...And, immediately, “there came a great calm.”  Instantaneously, everything is calm!  The witnesses of this scene ask themselves with amazement: “What manner of man is this, for the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Many blind men grope forward to approach Him, crying out their misfortune to Him:  “Have mercy on us, O Son of David!”7 The Master touches their eyes and, by this divine contact, opens to them the light.

A deaf-mute is brought to Him so that He will lay His hands on him. The Savior heeds this desire.  The mouth of the man speaks, and his ears hear. (Fr. Thomas de Saint Laurent, The Book of Confidence, pgs. 64-66