Do you believe you receive Jesus’ body and blood, soul and divinity, when you receive Communion?


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“Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but they died. This is the Bread that comes down from heaven for a man to eat and never die.” —John 6:49-50

When it comes to food, God provides and man derides. God gave Adam and Eve all kinds of good food in the Garden of Eden. Sadly, their craving to eat beyond what God provided led to mankind’s downfall.

God then provided miraculous manna to the Israelites when they were stranded in the desert. He “furnished them bread from heaven, ready to hand, untoiled-for, endowed with all delights and conforming to every taste”. The manna even “was blended to whatever flavor each one wished”! All this revealed God’s sweetness toward His children. However, the Israelites in the desert soon wearied of this miraculous, tasty fare. They were “disgusted with this wretched food” that God provided. Now they wanted meat, fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.

So God once again provided His children with miraculous Bread from heaven. To make it unmistakable, Jesus proclaims: “I am the Bread of Life…I Myself am the Living Bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever; the bread I will give is My flesh, for the life of the world.

Jesus said we must feed on His flesh. “At this the Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can He give us His flesh to eat?’ “”After hearing His words, many of His disciples remarked, ‘This sort of talk is hard to endure! How can anyone take it seriously?’ “”From this time on, many of His disciples broke away and would not remain in His company any longer”.

Jesus caused quarrels and lost many disciples because of His statements regarding eating His flesh and drinking His blood. If He meant this symbolically or poetically, Jesus could have said so and set many peoples’ minds at rest. Instead, He stated even more emphatically that His flesh was real food and His blood real drink.

Although we don’t fully understand it, we must take the Bible as it stands and believe that in a real way Holy Communion is the very Body and Blood of Jesus. We must put our faith in Jesus and say: “You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe; we are convinced that You are God’s Holy One”. No mere man can reveal this to us, only the heavenly Father. No one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws us.

Do you believe you receive Jesus’ body and blood, soul and divinity, when you receive Communion? If so, Communion is the center of your life, one of the most important events of your life, and the greatest time of each day. If you believe what Jesus said about Communion, you will probably try to receive Communion daily, frequently visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and tell others about Jesus’ Eucharistic love.

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