So there we have it!!
In the signs of of bread and wine, go all the way back to the fruit of the Earth
Here is the gift of bread and wine that is given to us from the Lord
We remember this fact every time we celebrate the Mass
Here is the bread, the fruit of the Earth
Here is the wine, the fruit of the vine
A gift of the Creator
It also goes all the way back to Genesis
We have the great King-Priest Melchizedek
Remember Abraham who was still called Abram at this time
He comes back from the defeat of the Kings and he meets Melchizedek who is the King of Salem which is the King of Peace
Salem will ultimately be Jerusalem
Melchizedek goes to Mount Moriah where Jerusalem is
On top of this mountain he offers up a sacrifice on behalf of Abram
A sacrifice of BREAD AND WINE
He blesses Abram and Abram gives him a tenth of everything
Melchizedek is a King-Priest
Not every king is a priest and not every priest is a king
This is a UNIQUE ROLE
Melchizedek is the very first one we see in the entire Bible
Think about the FORESHADOWING we see here
Jesus Christ is the King of Kings
Jesus Christ is the Great High Priest who is King AND Priest
What does He do?
On Holy Thursday He offers up a sacrifice of Himself under the APPEARANCE of bread and wine
The next day, on Good Friday, He offers Himself up on the Cross
ON MOUNT MORIAH!!
Right at Golgotha
This mountain range where Jerusalem is built
IT IS INCREDIBLE!!
This connection between the King-Priest Melchizedek who offers bread and wine on top of the mountain and Jesus Christ, our King and Priest who offers Himself on Golgotha on top of the mountain
ALSO BREAD AND WINE!!
IT IS JUST AMAZING!!
Paragraph 1334 says, “In the Old Covenant bread and wine were offered in sacrifice among the first fruits of the earth as a sign of grateful acknowledgment of the Creator. But they also received a new significance in the context of the Exodus: the unleavened bread that Israel eats every year at Passover commemorates the haste of the departure that liberated them from Egypt; the remembrance of the manna in the desert will always recall to Israel that it lives by the bread of the Word of God…”
Ultimately, this gets fulfilled in Jesus
Even before that, Jesus is hinting at this THE WHOLE TIME
His multiplication of the loaves
How many times does Jesus do that?
At least twice that we know of
What does Jesus do?
He says the blessing
He breaks the bread and distributes the loves through His disciples to feed the multitude
Remember how Jesus turns to the Apostles and says, “You give them something to eat.”
And they say, “We have nothing.”
So what happens?
They give their gifts to Jesus
They give the fish to Jesus
He takes the bread, blesses it, breaks it, and then gives it to the Apostles to give to the people
We have this idea in seminal form that Jesus gives us Himself and feeds us
Jesus feeds us THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF THE PRIESTS
These Apostles are going to ultimately be ordained priests at the Last Supper
They are commissioned as priests at the Last Supper when Jesus says, “Do this in memory of me.”
IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO REALIZE THIS!!
Here is how God wants to work
Yes, Jesus is the one mediator between God and man
He is the only one who can mediate salvation
We all PARTICIPATE IN MEDIATION, right?
If you have ever shared the Gospel with anybody, you have MEDIATED the words of the Gospel
If you have ever helped anybody, you have MEDIATED God’s grace in a certain way
This is part of it
This is how Jesus instituted this priesthood by calling these men and saying, “Ok, I’m going to give to you what you cannot give on your own. And you are going to take what I have given you and give it to the world.”
At the same time, what we have been talking about in the Eucharist is that this bread and wine TRULY BECOME THE BODY AND BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST
This surpasses all understanding and expectation
This is a stumbling block
Paragraph 1336 says, “The first announcement of the Eucharist divided the disciples, just as the announcement of the Passion scandalized them: ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’”
Jesus has said, “The bread that I will give for you is my flesh for the life of the world.”
Before this, He says, “I have bread to give you. That if you eat, you will never die.”
WE WANT THIS BREAD!!
“I am the bread of life.”
And then He says, “The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
They argue and say this saying is hard
Who can understand?
Who can accept it?
Who can listen to it?
MANY MANY DISCIPLES LEFT HIM THAT DAY
This is John Ch 6
Many of His disciples return to their former way of life and no longer accompanied Him
THIS IS A MOMENT OF TRUTH
Jesus lets them go
After all of these disciples walk away from Jesus and this teaching of the Eucharist…
This is the ONLY TIME any of Jesus’ disciples have abandoned Him because of one of His teachings
There are people who rejected Him for other reasons and never followed Him because of His teachings
This is the ONLY TIME we have a disciple ABANDONING Jesus over one of His teachings
THE TEACHING IS ON THE EUCHARIST!!
Rather than arguing and begging them to come back, He looks at the Twelve and says, “Will you also go away?”
WILL YOU ALSO GO AWAY?
THIS IS SO KEY!!
Paragraph 1336 says, “...to receive in faith the gift of his Eucharist is to receive the Lord himself.”
The opposite is also true
To REJECT the gift of Christ’s Eucharist is to REJECT THE LORD HIMSELF
To WALK AWAY from the Eucharist is to WALK AWAY FROM THE LORD HIMSELF
Because this is the GIFT OF HIS LOVE
THE INSTITUTION OF THE EUCHARIST
Paragraph 1337 says, “The Lord, having loved those who were his own, loved them to the end. Knowing that the hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father, in the course of a meal he washed their feet and gave them the commandment of love. In order to leave them a pledge of this love, in order never to depart from his own and to make them sharers in his Passover, he instituted the Eucharist as the memorial of his death and Resurrection, and commanded his apostles to celebrate it until his return…”
THIS IS THE GIFT OF LOVE!!
Think of how INDIFFERENT we are
So much of our lives many of us didn’t like going to Mass
Some of us HATED going to Mass
Some of us were so bored by what was going on
WE HAD NO IDEA!!
Fr. Mike is telling a story about Christopher West so let’s listen…
Does his story make sense?
This is the Lord having loved those who are His own and He loved them to the end
The Synoptic Gospels and 1 Corinthians all have the account of the institution of the Eucharist
St. John is the only Gospel that doesn’t include the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper
That’s because we have John Ch 6 which is the INCREDIBLE TEACHING OF JESUS at the synagogue in Capernaum where He makes it absolutely clear what Jesus means when he says THIS IS MY BODY
Spoiler alert…HE MEANS THIS IS HIS BODY
THAT IS IT!!
What does He mean when He says THIS IS MY BODY, THIS IS MY BLOOD?
He means THIS IS MY BODY AND THIS IS MY BLOOD
WHICH IS JUST INCREDIBLE!!
Paragraph 1340 says, “By celebrating the Last Supper with his apostles in the course of the Passover meal, Jesus gave the Jewish Passover its definitive meaning.”
THE EUCHARIST IS THE FULFILLMENT
The Eucharist is the fulfillment of this massive story of God delivering His people from death and from slavery and giving them life and freedom
The whole thing fulfills this and gives it its definitive meaning
Every time we celebrate the Eucharist, we celebrate the new Passover of our Lord
We are celebrating the New Covenant
Remember what Jesus says, “This is the New Covenant in my blood. The blood of the new and eternal Covenant.”
We say this at EVERY SINGLE MASS
Every time we go to Mass, it anticipates the final Passover of the Church in the glory of the kingdom
The Saints and Angels already experience this right now
You and I get a foretaste of that at every single Mass
We get a taste of the love God has for us at every single Mass
IT IS SUCH A GIFT!!
GET TO MASS AS SOON AS YOU CAN!!
We have the opportunity not only to get there and to be present
We also get to hear the voice of the Lord giving us the gift of Himself
THIS IS MY BODY GIVEN FOR YOU
THIS IS MY BLOOD POURED OUT FOR YOU
God loves YOU so much
GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH!!
God wants you to know this
With all your weaknesses…
With all your failures…
In your littleness…
In your victories…
In your strength…
In your importance…
GOD LOVES YOU!!
I HOPE THAT YOU KNOW THAT!!
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!