Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How well do you understand the significance of the Eucharist? - Daily Reflections December 2,2015

In his book, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Alfred Edersheim mentions how the three great Suppers in Jesus’ life strategically happened at the end of particular stages in His public ministry. The first was during the feeding of the five thousand, all of them Jews, which ended His Galilean ministry. The second was the feeding of the four thousand which, Edersheim writes, was believed to have been composed of “semi-Gentile inhabitants of that district and its neighborhood,” having happened near Greek territory. The last occasion is the Paschal feast He shared with His Apostles before He finally embraced the fulfillment of His entire mission.
       We can find so much comfort in the lovely thought that Jesus would always leave His followers with the food that would strengthen them in their pilgrim way. Matthew 15:32 says, “Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, ‘I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.’” This clearly fulfills our understanding of the Eucharist as the “source and summit of our Christian life.” It is meant to strengthen and sustain us, as it satisfies our immortal hunger for the living bread, Jesus Christ. Ultimately, it also enables us to share the same meal in the heavenly banquet in His Kingdom.
       This is one theology that can really help us understand the Supper that we always share in the Eucharist. It should challenge us to appreciate it more deeply and change our attitude according to how Christ has intended it to be. May the strength it provides truly fill us with the energy that we need so as not to “faint on the way,” but walk forward all the days of our life. Fr. Sandy Enhaynes
Reflection Question: How well do you understand the significance of the Eucharist?
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving us Your Body and Blood in the Eucharist to accompany us in our earthly journey.

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