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                           The Holy Eucharist

Do we have an Emmaus Problem?

We need to rediscover and rekindle our relationship with the Holy Eucharist.

Just like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:29-35, But they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!" Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Just like the two disciples, we need to ask Jesus to come and stay with us, so that we can rediscover and rekindle our relationship with Him.  Receive Him and recognize Him in the Breaking of the Bread – The Holy Eucharist.

Eucharist means "Thanksgiving"

Melchiezedek was seen as a prefigurement of Jesus Christ as the first priest mentioned in the Bible in Gen 14:18-20.  He offered bread and wine as Jesus would at the Last Supper, when he instituted the Eucharist.

Jesus Christ - The Lamb of God

Jesus Christ was a Jew and as a faithful Jew, he obeyed Jewish law.  Jews were required to give sacrifice to God for 1) recognition of God's sovereignty over all creation, 2) an act of thanks, 3) an agreement/covenant, 4) renouncing and sorrow for our sins but most importantly 5) the celebration of the Passover. 

This is when all Jews remember when God saved them from slavery in the land of Egypt.  (They were to take an unblemished lamb without broken bones, kill it, and sprinkle its blood on the doorpost.  That night the Israelites were to EAT the Lamb, Ex 12:1-23.  The sacrificial lamb died as a ransom. The Lord told the Israelites to commemorate the Passover every year and He gave them the words they should use to explain the ritual to future generations.  Ex 12:26-27

Jesus is the Lamb of God, in JN 19:14, John recalls that as Jesus stood before Pilate "it was the day of preparation for the Passover, about the sixth hour and it was the time when priests were beginning to slaughter the Passover lambs.  In JN 19:36, John also recalls that none of Jesus' bones were broken so that scripture would be fulfilled’ Ex 12:46. 

We wonder why Jesus had to be a Lamb and not a stallion or a tiger but in JN 1:36 John the Baptist states "Behold the Lamb of God"

In Rev 5:6 John tells us that Jesus is portrayed as a "lamb standing as if slain".  We proclaim Him as the "Lamb of God" at the Mass because only a sacrificial lamb fits the divine pattern of our salvation.  Jesus enters the holiest of holies, which is heaven once and for all to offer Him self as our sacrifice.

Holy Eucharist – Bread of Life

In JN 6:32, Jesus tells them that Moses did not give them bread from heaven but instead His Father gave them the true bread from heaven.  In JN 6:35, Jesus says “I am the bread of life he who comes to me shall never hunger.”

In JN 6:51, Jesus says “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

In JN 6:52-58, The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?"  Jesus said to them, "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 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.

In JN 6:66, As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.

In Luke 22:19-20, Jesus institutes the Eucharist, “Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me."  And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.

St. Paul confirming the Eucharist

1 Cor 10:16-17, 16, the cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

1 Cor 11: 23-26 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, 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.