September 21, 2019

Tag - Eucharist

We Are What We Eat

“We are what we eat.” True? Not true? It depends on what one means by it, I guess; but it is definitely true for those who heed Jesus’ challenging words: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks by blood remains in me and I in him.” (John 6: 56) Italians...

An Offering of Broken Bread

We should know that no nuclear test can go unnoticed. Well, for us believers even the largest nuclear test would be child play when compared to the Resurrection, the most earthshaking, unrepeatable event in the history of the universe. Its...

Lord, I Am Not Worthy

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, unworthiness may be defined as: (a) that which is lacking in excellence or value; (b) not meritorious; (c) not deserved; or (d) inappropriate to one’s condition or station. Now in our day, the mere...

The Very Nature of His Feast

Another Sunday, another jolt to our spiritual routine, another shock to our mindset. Yes, because even this time, as we did last Sunday, we might have said to ourselves: “I know this story, I know how it ends. I am glad that poor Lazarus got to...

What Happened to Reverence?

The sixth chapter of St. John’s gospel takes us to the core of our Church. Everything and anything Catholic flows from the Real Presence of Jesus Christ here in the Blessed Sacrament. Christ’s Presence among us in the Blessed Sacrament...

All This Happens at Holy Mass

A wise, elderly priest once celebrated an early morning Mass. Later that day someone asked him, “How many attended Mass this morning?,” and he answered, “There were thousands there—but I only saw three of them.” In other words, in addition to the...

We Enter into Holy Communion

Many Christians around us today do not accept the truth of Jesus’ words about His Body and Blood. For us as Catholics, however, along with Eastern Orthodox Christians, this teaching of Jesus is central to the very nature of the Church. Without the...

A Banquet Unlike Any Other

Early in the 20th century, a poor family in Eastern Europe decided to emigrate to the United States. They used the little bit of money they had saved to purchase tickets on an Italian ship. A week before they left, their relatives and friends gave...

Sharing His Life Divine

Even if it doesn’t seem so, this part of the Gospel of John (6:51-58) is, arguably, the crudest, most repulsive, most shocking one of the whole Bible. It is so intentionally, in order that none of the realism and physicality of the message may be...

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