O Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received,
the memory of His Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
St. Thomas Aquinas
Fresh from having read the discourse on the Bread of Life in Chapter 6 of St. John’s Gospel this past month, we now turn our attention to Jesus’ real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
On the night of the last supper — as St. John’s Gospel and the 4th Eucharistic Prayer remind us — the Lord Jesus, “having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” (Jn 13:1; Euch. Prayer 4). He had to return to the Father, yes, but He would not leave us orphans (cf Jn 14:18). He would stay with us Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, the whole Christ, with us, until the end of time.
In the coming weeks let us take a look at this wondrous gift, this marvelous Sacrament which is for us food for the journey, sacrifice of redemption, pledge of our future glory. As we do, let us pray that our participation in this Eucharist, this act of thanksgiving of Christ to the Father, will also be our thanksgiving for all that He has given to us, especially for loving us “to the end” in this Most Blessed Sacrament.