THE REAL, SUBSTANTIAL AND TRUE PRESENCE OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST.
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi is a joyous and festive celebration which aims at adoring and thanking Our Lord Jesus Christ who is really, truly and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist, and who out of His immense love for us, fulfilled His words:
– “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many (Mk 14:22-24).”
-“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 (Jn 6:51).”
-“I am with you always, till the end of the age (Mt 28:20)”.
His words leave no room for doubt…Thus, Jesus’ presence is NOT a symbolic one, but rather, a REAL, SUBSTANTIAL and TRUE presence. His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity is present in the Holy Eucharist. As the Catechism n. 1374 teaches:
“In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.’ ‘This presence is called ‘real’ – by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because IT IS PRESENCE IN THE FULLEST SENSE: THAT IS TO SAY, IT IS A SUBSTANTIAL PRESENCE BY WHICH CHRIST, GOD AND MAN, MAKES HIMSELF WHOLLY AND ENTIRELY PRESENT.’”
Truly, the miracle of TRANSUBSTANTIATION during the moment of consecration of the Holy Mass, is an invention of His Omnipotence and Love, to be with us, His Beloved.
“When you contemplate the Sacred Host exposed on the altar in the monstrance, think how great is the love, the tenderness of Christ. My way to understand it is by thinking of the love I have for you: if I could be far away, working, and at the same time at the side of each one of you, how gladly I would do it!
But Christ really can do it! He loves us with a love that is infinitely greater than the love that all the hearts of the world could hold; and he has stayed with us so that we can join ourselves at any time to his most Sacred Humanity, and so that he can help us, console us, strengthen us, so that we may be faithful (St. Josemaria, Forge, n. 839).”
Let us thank Our Lord for not abandoning us, ever ready to receive us, console, strengthen and listen to us…Let us correspond to His Love with our untiring adoration and love for the Most Holy Eucharist: souls in love with Jesus really, truly and substantially present in the the Most Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Rolly Arjonillo
SEE AS WELL: PREPARATION FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI in https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2017/06/12/solemnity-of-corpus-christi-preparation-av-summary-full-text/