As Catholics, we believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi Sunday). Hence, it is better to understand why we believe so.
We know from the Bible that Jesus instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood, in order to perpetuate the sacrifice, which he offered on Calvary.
“… as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28; also see Mark14:24-26; Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
Based on these words of Jesus, we believe that the bread and wine offered by the priest during the Holy Mass, are transformed truly and substantially into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Henceforth, we believe that the Body and Blood of Jesus are really present under the appearance of bread and wine.
There have been Eucharistic miracles in the history, which stand as evidences to prove the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It is difficult for the human mind to comprehend the mystery of God. Nevertheless, it is acceptable, because nothing is impossible for God. If God can create the world out of nothing, he can transform the bread and wine to become his Body and Blood.
Let us be thankful to Our Lord, Jesus Christ for the gift of himself in the Eucharist. Let us deepen our faith and appreciate the love with which he is really present for our sake. Let us not hesitate to be nourished by his Body and Blood and also to come and meet him, present in the Eucharist.
God bless you
Fr. Arul Joseph V.