Today is Holy Thursday. At the Mass of the Lord's Supper, we are commemorating the institution of the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread and said: "This is My Body." Then He took a cup of wine and said: "This is My Blood."
"For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,k that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. 1 Cor 11:23-26
This was how Jesus intended to fulfill what He said that He would give His flesh to eat and His blood to drink, in the Bread of Life discourse recounted in John Chapter 6.
But because those who were listening to Him found what He said hard to accept, they went away and did not follow Him anymore. If only they had believed, they would have known how Jesus would accomplish what He said.
Here are the words of Jesus:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” John 6:51
He went on to say:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats[s] my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” John 6:53-58
Hard teaching by Jesus, but He stuck to it although many of the disciples turned their backs and went away.
For centuries the Church has believed and taught the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Unfortunately, in recent times those who left the Church or established their own churches find this teaching of Christ hard to believe, or do not believe this at all.
I am attaching here two videos explaining this teaching. I am convinced that everyone, especially those who want to know more, will profit from it.#