The Body and Blood of Christ
BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"Jesus said to them, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.'"
I remember listening to a presentation one time about the significance of the Eucharist, and the one thing I seem to have stuck in my head that was said during that presentation is to think about what you are doing when you accept the Body of Christ during Communion in Mass. Better yet, think about what is taking place when you eat of Jesus' body and drink of His blood. The priest literally says before we partake in Communion, "The Body of Christ" and "The Blood of Christ"; this is a serious statement and a serious aspect of our relationship with God. This says that we are fully aware that the most pure and holy thing in the world is about to enter our bodies, which are temples for Christ. That's pretty important, don't you think? And not only is it serious, it's pretty amazing and joyful too: We get Jesus in us! That's powerful and wonderful, and we will never be worthy of it--but God gives it to us anyway because of how much He loves us. Everything He does is for our benefit, for our greater good, and for our better chance of getting to spend eternal life with Him in Heaven. This past weekend I thought about this as I was participating in Communion, and all I could think to do was share it. So my challenge for you all today is to think about what you are doing when you receive the body and blood of Christ. Think about how much God loves us and how He literally gave us His body and blood so that we may one day share a life with Him. I just can't stop thinking about how amazing that is! I am loved by God, and so are all of you! Your Laughing Sister, Callahan
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