The Eucharist- A Wonderful Banquet!
Today the Universal Church celebrates the most sublime miracle that continues to occur on a continuous basis on every altar in every Catholic Church throughout the world. Somewhere, at any moment throughout the world, Christ Jesus humbles himself and becomes present to us under the appearance of bread and wine. Truly a mystery, but an unchanging Truth that has been the source and summit of our faith for 2000 years. A reality that the even the most brilliant can't fully comprehend, yet the most simple can experience. All is required is faith and believing the Word of God to be true;
"If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
"O precious and wonderful banquet that brings us salvation and contains all sweetness! Could anything be of more intrinsic value? Under the old law it was the flesh of calves and goats that was offered, but here Christ himself, the true God, is set before us as our food. What could be more wonderful than this? No other sacrament has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift. It is offered in the Church for the living and the dead, so that what was instituted for the salvation of all may be for the benefit of all. Yet, in the end, no one can fully express the sweetness of this sacrament, in which spiritual delight is tasted at its very source, and in which we renew the memory of that surpassing love for us which Christ revealed in his passion."