Eucharist

How should we understand the Eucharist?  When instituting the Eucharist at Last Supper, Jesus didn’t ask his disciples to understand what they were doing, he only asked them to celebrate it faithfully until he returned.  When he offered them bread and said, “This is my body”, and then offered them wine and said, “This is my blood”, they would not have understood.  There must have been considerable confusion and bewilderment: How are we supposed to understand this?Their...
Cardinal Vincent Nichols presided at this year’s Corpus Christi procession through the streets of central London. Starting at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair, it passed through the busy Oxford Street shopping thoroughfare before ending at St James’s in Spanish Place, Marylebone. Thousands of Catholics joined the procession to witness to Christ’s Eucharistic presence in the world. The Cardinal, who is Archbishop of Westminster, described Corpus Christi as "a feast of unbounded joy, for...
Interior of Notre Dame
‘Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will not have life [to the full] in you', said Jesus.  (John 6.53; 10:10)Jesus is referring to his body insofar as it is not simply his glorified body in heaven, nor simply a communion wafer in a church. What we are being asked 'to eat' is that other part of his body, the community, the flawed body of believers here on earth.In essence, Jesus is saying: you cannot deal with a perfect, all­loving, all-forgiving, all-understanding God in...