The Eucharist as The Body of Christ
January 10, 2024
The miracle of Transubstantiation, where the Holy Spirit works through the priest is the idea that during Mass, the bread and wine used for Communion become the body and blood of Jesus Christ. This is central to the Catholic faith. Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that “the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.” This distinguishes Catholics from other Christian denominations.
As it states in John’s Gospel 6:53-58, 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. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
Jesus Christ came down to earth to become one of us and to live in communion with us. He was the living example of how to live a life of faith and grace. He gave us so many gifts while he was here. The greatest gift that he left us was the gift of the Eucharist. He gave us the Eucharist so that he could always remain with us here on earth. The Eucharist is the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. He physically remains with all of us throughout the rest of human history through the Eucharist.