Can you believe it – it is already the 3rd Sunday of Easter? Our joy can still abound though; for the Lord is truly Risen and we can recognize Him in the breaking of bread - in the Holy Eucharist - just as the two disciples did when they stopped on the road to Emmaus.[1] There they experienced the Risen Lord at the breaking of bread. They who had lost all hope now experienced a new found joy.

The Holy Eucharist - a gift beyond all fathoming, a gift beyond all gifts, a gift that is a foretaste of heaven. What more could we ask of our Risen Lord?

Can you believe it – that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist - “body and blood, together with the soul and divinity”?[2]Christ’s presence in the Eucharist is unique.[3] No other gift can match that of the Eucharist. The Church teaches us that “all the other sacraments are ordered to it as to their end.[4]

Do you truly believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist? St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us that “in this sacrament are the true Body of Christ and his true Blood and that is something that cannot be apprehended by the senses but only by faith, which relieves on divine authority.”[5]

One of the Fathers of the Church, St. Cyril of Alexandria (378-444) tells us plainly Do not doubt whether this is true, but rather receive the words of the Saviour in faith, for since he is the truth, he cannot lie.[6]

St. Thomas Aquinas echoes this in the hymn that we sing Godhead Here in Hiding…where he writes “What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do; Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing true.[7]

Christ Himself said, “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger. No one who believes in him will ever thirst.[8] And even more importantly, “…if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.[9] Strong words indeed.

So, take every opportunity to partake of the Holy Eucharist. It is your food for the journey. Your journey to heaven. Your final journey.

Do you believe it?

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Cf. Jn. 24:13-35

[2] Catechism of the Catholic Church #1374

[3] Ibid.,

[4] St. Thomas Aquinas, STh III, 65, 3 as cited in Catechism of the Catholic Church #1211

[5] Ibid., #1381

[6] St. Cyril of Alexandria, In Luc. 22, 19:PG 72, 912 - CCC #1381

[7] St. Thomas Aquinas (attr.), Adore te devote; tr. Gerald Manley Hopkins

[8] Jn.6:35

[9] Jn.6:52

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