John 8:12 "I am the light of the world."

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Holy Eucharist (John Ch. 6)

The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Calvary, and it was there
that Christ suffered himself up to the Father as
sacrifical victim in atonement for our sins.
1 Corinthians Ch. 5 Verse 7,  Ephesians Ch. 5 verse 2, 
and Hebrews Ch.9 Verse 26

of course , Jesus is also the High Priest, so he is not the
victim in a helpless way, but in the sense of
voluntarily offering up his life Hebrews Ch. 7 Verse 27
Although, before the consecration it is not yet
the Divine Victim of the Holy Sacrifice, it still
customery to call the communion bread a host
The Latin hostia means "sacrifice" and it is
from this definition that the Eucharistic Host
takes the name, as a reminder that in the
Eucharist , Christ is the sacrifice for our sins.

Christ is the Host, in the more conventional
English usage of "One who lodges and another
in his home."  in the Eucharist. We must never
forget that He invites us to the Eucharistic banquet,
and that the Mass is "The Lord's Supper" 
1 Corinthians Ch.11 Verse 20
Ultimately, the liturgy is not something that
we offer to God, but something that
he invites us into.

Likewise , the Church is "The House of God"
Hebrews Ch. 10 Verse 21.  1 Peter Ch.4 Verse 17
When you come to the church, you are
a guest in His House, eating His Heavenly food,
which he offers us gratuitously, in doing so
"you are no longer strangers , but you
are fellow citizens, with the Saints
and members of the Household of God"
Ephesians Ch.2 Verse 19

The words for hospitality, and hosting seem to arrive
from practice of taking a stranger ( and potential enemy)
and welcoming him in.  Christ, as Host, he takes
us from being Hostis, strangers Ephesians Ch.2 Verse 19
and even enemies. Romans Ch. 5 Verse 10 of God, and
He transforms us into His guest, going so far as to
make us members of his Household.

Christ , is also Host in the sense of being Our Guest
Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any one
hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to 
him and eat with him and he with me. Revelation
Ch. 3 Verse 20.
Christ remains the active party-he comes to US.
Yet we still have the option to receive him or not.
Whether he enters our lives to commune with us
at the Lord's Supper depend on whether or not
"anyone hears his voice and opens the door."

So there is a sense, at Mass , in which are Christ guest.
But there is another sense in which he becomes Our
guest, which is why we pray, right before communion
(in words based off the centurion's prayer of
Matthew Ch.8 Verse 8.) "Lord , I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof, 
but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.
"Hostis-refers to both Host and guest,
and Christ is BOTH and much more.

The Body and Blood ( bread and wine) are EQUAL. 
some words for Eucharist are :
altar bread,  communion bread, the lamb, or
simply the Host. 
One should NEVER call the Eucharist a 
cracker or wafer for it would be going
against Jesus words "This is My Body, and 
This is My Blood " given up for you
do this in memory of me. therefore Jesus did
not say "This is a symbol of me , or a 
memorial of me."  refer to John Ch. 6

Christ TRUE PRESENCE is in the Holy Eucharist for John 6 proclaims that
from the words of Christ himself.  the Holy Eucharist is the 
body, blood, soul, and divinity of Our Lord. 


CORPUS CHRIST / 6-18-17 

Spiritual Communion Prayer

John Ch. 6 (Holy Eucharist) posted Dec. 14

Behold The Lamb (song)

We Hunger and Thirst (song)