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Posted on 06/05/2010 2:58:21 AM PDT by GonzoII
St. Pauls discussion of the Eucharist in his first letter to the Corinthians is highly significant for Christians because it confirms the importance of the Eucharist for the life of each Christian and it deepens our understanding of this great mystery, especially as a memorial celebration.
The Eucharist is the Lords greatest gift to His Church because it is the gift of Himself: This is my body. It is the most important way in which the Lord fulfills His promise to remain present to His flock until the end of time. Consequently, it is the source and summit of our Christian lives.
Our understanding of the Eucharist begins with the institution narratives in Matthew, Mark and Luke. That understanding is deepened by the ancient signs in the Old Testament that prefigure the Eucharist, such as the sacrifice of Isaac, the paschal lamb, and the manna in the desert. Our understanding is further deepened in the New Testament by the bread-of-life discourse in the sixth chapter of Johns Gospel and in Pauls writings in his first letter to the Corinthians.
St. Pauls testimony is particularly important because he is an additional source for our teaching on the Eucharist as he states clearly that his knowledge and understanding of the Eucharist came directly from the Lord. He did not rely upon a presence at the Last Supper like Matthew and John because he was not there. He converted after Jesus ascension. Nor was Paul a disciple of Peter or any of the Gospel writers. Plus, it is generally held by the Scripture scholars that Paul wrote this letter before the Gospel writers penned their inspired works. Still, his description of the institution of the Eucharist on the night Jesus was handed over correlates beautifully with the accounts in the Gospels.
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John 6:54 Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.
That's a hard saying, who can hear it?
By the grace of God I can! ;0)
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