Topic: Sacraments – True Presence
ENCOUNTER JESUS’ PRESENCE IN THE SACRAMENTS
Dear Lord, Strengthen my faith and animate it so that it may produce in my soul a deeper sentiment of adoration and love. Amen
The Lord Jesus, on the night before he suffered on the cross, shared one last meal with his disciples. During this meal our Savior instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood. The doctrine of the Real Presence asserts that in the Holy Eucharist, Jesus is literally and wholly present—body and blood, soul and divinity—under the appearances of bread and wine. At Mass we encounter the presence and love of Jesus in the Eucharist. It’s a profound goodness and joy and gives us the ability to powerfully share our faith with others. (John 10:10)
Jesus is human and divine. In the Incarnation, the Son of God assumed human nature and became man. He was human like we are human. He enjoyed meals, experienced loss and grief, and needed alone time. The human emotions that we experience – hunger, sadness, stress, needing to be alone, love, joy, peace – Jesus has experienced too. (Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 9:10, John 21:1)
When Jesus walked the earth, He was not only present to people in their humanity, but also infused their humanity with divine life or grace. He healed bodies, forgave sins, and restored souls. (Mark 5:25-35, John 8:1-11, Luke 23:39-43)
Jesus, united with the Holy Spirit, continues to work miracles today. Through the Church’s sacraments, Christ communicates His Spirit to nourish, heal, give life, and send us to bear witness.
You are going to individually pray through a journal reflection that guides you in discovering that Jesus is with you in your joys and struggles.
- How is Jesus present to you? How can receiving the sacraments improve your life?
- What is divine life and how does it affect you?
- After falling off the path, how can you get back on it? What do you hope to get out of this series on the sacraments?
Gospel of Matthew tells us:
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.”
(Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)
Closing Reflection on the True Presence