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“ANYONE WHO EATS MY FLESH AND DRINKS MY BLOOD” – REFLECTIONS BY THE SAINTS

31 Aug

ANYONE WHO EATS MY FLESH AND DRINKS MY BLOOD HAS ETERNAL LIFE AND I SHALL RAISE HIM UP ON THE LAST DAY.

“The Lord left behind a pledge of this hope and strength for life’s journey in that sacrament of faith where natural elements refined by man are changed into His glorified Body and Blood, providing a meal of brotherly solidarity and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet.”
– Second Vatican Council – The Church Today

“Christ is food for me; Christ is drink for me; the Flesh of God is food for me, the Blood of Christ is drink for me. Christ is ministered to me daily.”
– St Ambrose

“Do not, therefore, regard the bread and wine as simply that, for they are, according to the Master’s declaration, the Body and Blood of Christ. Even though the senses suggest to you the other, let faith make you firm. Do not judge this matter by taste, but be fully assured by faith, not doubting that you have been deemed worthy of the Body and Blood of Christ.”
– St Cyril of Jerusalem

“Just as if someone were to twist two pieces of wax together and melt them with a fire, so that the two are made one, so too through participation in the Body of Christ and in His Precious Blood, He is united to us and we to Him. In no other way can our corruptible nature be made alive except by being united bodily to the Body of Him who is, by His very nature, Life: that is, the Only-Begotten.”
– St Cyril of Alexandria

“To show the love He has for us, He has made it possible for those who desire it not merely to look upon Him, but even to touch Him and to consume Him and to fix their teeth in His Flesh and to be commingled with Him – in short, to fulfil all their love.”
– St John Chrysostum

“At the Last Supper He gave this heavenly bread to each one of His children and promised them that He will be with them to the end of time.”
– St Thomas Aquinas

“Godhead here in hiding whom I do adore Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more;
See, Lord, at thy service low here lies a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.
– St Thomas Aquinas

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