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Saint John Henry Newman

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Meditation on the Eucharist

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‘Blessed are you, Father,
Lord of heaven and` earth,
for revealing these mysteries of the kingdom
to mere children.’

One great mystery we deal with everyday is the Eucharist. Jesus is present body, blood, soul and divinity under the appearance of bread and wine. Communion is ‘the bread of life’ The Mass is the re-echoing of the Last Supper. This is the great mystery we are asked to think and pray about this Year of the Eucharist.

When you look at this mystery you can see what sense, the gospel acclamation, quoted at the top of the page makes. The Father reveals mysteries to mere children. Like any child being taught by a parent they wait for explanations or reasons to believe what they are being taught. We too are expected to do the same. A child accepts the teaching because the parent puts the message across well or they accept it out of respect for the parent. We believe because we respect Christ who gave us this teaching and because of the help of the Holy Spirit the message makes sense.

So using the help of the Holy Spirit sit quietly for a few moments and imagine Jesus at the Last Supper saying ‘Take and eat, Take and drink………this is my body….. this is my blood’ Allow yourself to be drawn mentally into the company around the table. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see the significance of this for your own life. Allow yourself to accept what is going on even your do not understand fully the how and wherefore of the offer being made. Accept what is offered because it is Christ who is offering just as the child accepts from the parent. Stay awhile mentally with Jesus and His Apostles.


Published Sun 30th Jan 2005 11:33:58

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