Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | September 25, 2007

Corpus Christi (Written on the Feast of Corpus Christi)

Today is the feast of Corpus Christi. In English, we say the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We celebrate the most blessed sacrament. I was at Sacred heart in Pomona. And we had Eucharistic Prossession around the nieighborhood. It was absolutely beautiful. You can absolutely feel the devotion to Christ that this community had. We adore you Christ and we praise you for by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.Today’s readings truely show the presence of Our Lord in the Most precious Blood and Body of Jesus ChristIn the first reading Gen 14, 18-20, we read about a guy named Melchisedek. He is independent of the Levitical Priesthood, and is also a king of a place called Salem (Later to be called Jerusalem, no coincidences in the Bible). Jesus comes to us from this line of priesthood. We see this as very important, because it’s a foreshadowing to the Eucharist, and also bread and wine are offered to God. This fact is attested to in the book of Hebrews, as it compares Jesus the High Priest to Melchisedek. In the responsorial psalm, 110, 1-4, we read basically just like this an illusion to Christ’s priesthood. As it says, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchisedek. All Masses that are offered today come from this line of priesthood.In the 2nd reading we read from the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians. 11, 23-26. We see the words of instiution used by St. Paul in his masses that he offered. The words of St. Paul were written before the Gospels. We see that St. Paul believes in the real presence of the Eucharist, and his community needed to have that emphisized to them :)! The belief in the real presnece is apostolic in nature. In the Gospel St. Luke 9, 11-17 we read about the multiplication of the loaves. This is foreshadowing of the Eucharist as we know. Interesting thing to note, the disciples at the end of St. Luke’s gospel (24) didn’t recognize Jesus’ company untill the broke the bread. (The Disciples recognized the real presence of the Lord)Today we had Eucharistic prosession. Which didn’t start till the 1100’s. However, it was great tos see the faith of the people of Sacred Heart in Pomona, singing Eucharistic prasies, and also on their knees in adoration and benediction. We are called to believe it because Jesus told us so :).The early Christians also beleived in the real presence of Jesus in the Most blessed Sacrament.
“They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they confess not the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins, and which the Father, of His goodness, raised up again.” Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to Smyrnaeans, 7,1 (c. A.D. 110).
“For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh.” Justin Martyr, First Apology, 66 (c. A.D. 110-165).
“[T]he bread over which thanks have been given is the body of their Lord, and the cup His blood…” Irenaeus, Against Heresies, IV:18,4 (c. A.D. 200).
“He acknowledged the cup (which is a part of the creation) as his own blood, from which he bedews our blood; and the bread (also a part of creation) he affirmed to be his own body, from which he gives increase to our bodies.” Irenaeus, Against Heresies, V:2,2 (c. A.D. 200).
“But what consistency is there in those who hold that the bread over which thanks have been given is the Body of their Lord, and the cup His Blood, if they do not acknowledge that He is the Son of the Creator of the world…” Irenaeus, Against Heresies, IV:18, 2 (c. A.D. 200).
“For the blood of the grape–that is, the Word–desired to be mixed with water, as His blood is mingled with salvation. And the blood of the Lord is twofold. For there is the blood of His flesh, by which we are redeemed from corruption; and the spiritual, that by which we are anointed. And to drink the blood of Jesus, is to become partaker of the Lord’s immortality; the Spirit being the energetic principle of the Word, as blood is of flesh. Accordingly, as wine is blended with water, so is the Spirit with man. And the one, the mixture of wine and water, nourishes to faith; while the other, the Spirit, conducts to immortality. And the mixture of both–of the water and of the Word–is called Eucharist, renowned and glorious grace; and they who by faith partake of it are sanctified both in body and soul.” Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, 2 (ante A.D. 202).
“Then, having taken the bread and given it to His disciples, He made it His own body, by saying, ‘This is my body,’ that is, the figure of my body. A figure, however, there could not have been, unless there were first a veritable body…He did not understand how ancient was this figure of the body of Christ, who said Himself by Jeremiah: ‘I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter, and I knew not that they devised a device against me, saying, Let us cast the tree upon His bread,’ which means, of course, the cross upon His body. And thus, casting light, as He always did, upon the ancient prophecies, He declared plainly enough what He meant by the bread, when He called the bread His own body. He likewise, when mentioning the cup and making the new testament to be sealed ‘in His blood,’ affirms the reality of His body. For no blood can belong to a body which is not a body of flesh. If any sort of body were presented to our view, which is not one of flesh, not being fleshly, it would not possess blood. Thus, from the evidence of the flesh, we get a proof of the body, and a proof of the flesh from the evidence of the blood.” Tertullian, Against Marcion, 40 (A.D. 212).
“For because Christ bore us all, in that He also bore our sins, we see that in the water is understood the people, but in the wine is showed the blood of Christ…Thus, therefore, in consecrating the cup of the Lord, water alone cannot be offered, even as wine alone cannot be offered. For if any one offer wine only, the blood of Christ is dissociated from us; but if the water be alone, the people are dissociated from Christ; but when both are mingled, and are joined with one another by a close union, there is completed a spiritual and heavenly sacrament. Thus the cup of the Lord is not indeed water alone, nor wine alone, unless each be mingled with the other; just as, on the other hand, the body of the Lord cannot be flour alone or water alone, unless both should be united and joined together and compacted in the mass of one bread; in which very sacrament our people are shown to be made one, so that in like manner as many grains, collected, and ground, and mixed together into one mass, make one bread; so in Christ, who is the heavenly bread, we may know that there is one body, with which our number is joined and united.” Cyprian, To Caeilius, Epistle 62(63):13 (A.D. 253).
“Having learn these things, and been fully assured that the seeming bread is not bread, though sensible to taste, but the Body of Christ; and that the seeming wine is not wine, though the taste will have it so, but the Blood of Christ; and that of this David sung of old, saying, And bread strengtheneth man’s heart, to make his face to shine with oil, ‘strengthen thou thine heart,’ by partaking thereof as spiritual, and “make the face of thy soul to shine.”” Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures, XXII:8 (c. A.D. 350).
“For as to what we say concerning the reality of Christ’s nature within us, unless we have been taught by Him, our words are foolish and impious. For He says Himself, My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood abideth in Me, and I in him. As to the verity of the flesh and blood there is no room left for doubt. For now both from the declaration of the Lord Himself and our own faith, it is verily flesh and verily blood. And these when eaten and drunk, bring it to pass that both we are in Christ and Christ in us. Is not this true? Yet they who affirm that Christ Jesus is not truly God are welcome to find it false. He therefore Himself is in us through the flesh and we in Him, whilst together with Him our own selves are in God.” Hilary of Poitiers, On the Trinity, 8:14 (inter A.D. 356-359).
Now what it is that we believe, when we say real presnece, it means his BOdy, blood, soul and divinity are in the Eucharist. Both a physical and spiritual presnece in the Lord.
The great thing about it is that Jesus is always with us. He’s located in the tabernacle, in the most blessed Sacament. Usually it’s in the front of the Church, or in a seperate chapel, if it’s been Vatican II liberalized. There’s no need to make an appointment. He’s physically there with us body, soul and divinity, so when you want to see Jesus, just look to the blessed Sacrament!
Viva Christo en el Santismo Sacramento!
Viva el Santismo Cuerpo y Sangre de Jesus!adoramos Jesus en el Santismo Sacramento: cuerpo, sangre, alma, y divinidad!Amen!


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