The biblical basis of the Eucharist

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The Gospel according to John contains many of the biblical bases of our Sacraments. Today, in the bread of life discourse, it tells the biblical basis of the Eucharist:

“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.” — John 6:54-55

The original verb used for “eat” in the verses was a word used to describe animal eating rather than human eating. It meant something like munching or gnawing rather than simply partaking of the flesh of Jesus.

The evangelist perhaps wanted to emphasize the importance of partaking of the body of Christ not merely by participation, but by literally eating His flesh and drinking His blood. 

As Catholics, we believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The Gospel reading today reminds us of our belief.

More importantly, by receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion, we are reminded not only to remain in Jesus, but also that Jesus remains in us.

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” — John 6:56

Are you having a hard time feeling the presence of God? Receive Jesus through the Eucharist.


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