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  1. "He has given us Bread from Heaven, containing all sweetness within It." -Traditional Catholic response prayer. I don't know how many Catholic or Orthodox Christians there are on here, but I'm sure that there's at least one out there. As many of you know, Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Sould and Divinity of Jesus Christ. He is really, truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. He is Emmanuel, "God with us." He is the Passover Lamb, the pure and spotless victim. He is the Eternal High Priest who offered the perfect sacrifice that transcends all the ages. He is the same Jesus who walked the Earth and is enthroned now in Heaven at the Father's right hand. He dwells among us in the Eucharist, present day and night. He never leaves, and is present in every Catholic parish. My devotion to the Eucharist has grown immensely over the past couple months. It came to me during prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament one evening that Jesus is talking about us and to us when He said "I thirst." From the Cross. Christ does not just love us. He thirsts for us. He thirsts for souls to be brought to Him. And even this does not adequately describe His love. Jesus, who dwells in all the tabernacles of the Catholic parishes is, in this vulnerable state, "least honored and most abandoned." Yet He waits for anyone who wishes to enter His dwelling to be with Him for even a couple minutes to shower them with graces and blessings for the Eucharist is a fountain of love and mercy. There are times in my prayer when I can almost hear Jesus saying "I thirst." But what can I do? I'm just one man. And a very sinful man, at that. But it is this time in front of the Eucharist, kneeling in adoration, that fuels me. The Gospel of John says, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son..." Of course, we all know this verse very well. But now, take John 6:50, the Bread of Life discourse, into consideration. "Hic est panis de cælo descendens: ut si quis ex ipso manducaverit, non moriatur." Focus on "manducaverit". This is the Latin word for "to eat", "to chew". If you look at the Greek New Testament, they use the word that means "to gnaw on". The Eucharist is the bread of eternal life. It is the Bread of Angels, and the Saving Victim. This is the Wedding Feast of the Lamb spoken of in the Book of Revelation. This Feast contains all sweetness within It. The Church teaches that the Eucharist is the "source and summit of Christian life." Truly, Christ says to us that if we do not eat this Bread and drink this cup, we shall not have life within us. Mass is celebrated every day in any Catholic parish that can do so if they have enough priests. I try to go every day if possible. I cannot imagine beginning the day without being present at this holy banquet. May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored and loved in all the tabernacles throughout the world, until the end of time.
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