Sunday Devotional: ‘Take it; this is my body’

Two Sundays ago, the universal Church remembered our Lord Jesus Christ’s Ascension, when He left this mortal world, not to return until the End Days. In leaving, our Lord bade a last farewell to His faithful disciples and, knowing full well how bereft they would be, He made sure we are not abandoned. He promised that although “the world will not see me anymore . . . I will not leave you as orphans” (John 14:19, 18).

Jesus made two promises to ensure we would not be left “as orphans”:

(1) The Father will send the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune Godhead. As Jesus said:

John 14:16-17

“And I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another advocate
to help you and be with you forever —
the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept Him,
because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.
But you know Him,
for He lives with you
and will be in you.” 

(2) We will have His Body and Blood:

John 14:18

“I will not leave you as orphans;
I will come to you.” 

How thoughtful and loving our Lord is!

Mark 14:12, 16, 22-26

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
Jesus’ disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” […]
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover. […]
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, when we remember and celebrate the new Covenant that our Lord made with His Body and Blood, with all who believe in Him. In so doing, Jesus transformed the tribal religion of Judaism into a universal faith. As St. Paul said in his letter to the Hebrews 8:13:

In speaking of a new covenant,
He makes the first one obsolete.
And what is becoming obsolete and growing old
is ready to vanish away.

Our Lord said in Mark 14:22, “Take it; this is my body.”

Do you doubt His words?

Have you heard of the Lanciano Eucharistic miracle?

19 years ago, my Godsister joandarc and I went on a pilgrimage to Italy.

Among the places we visited were the wondrous Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel in Mount Gargano and the Church of San Francesco in Lanciano. In the latter was a glass case containing a brownish substance.

Church of San Francesco, Lanciano, aka Shrine of the Eucharistic Miracle

As described by TheRealPresence.org, during the middle of the 8th century, a Basilian monk doubted the Real Presence in the Eucharist — that at consecration, bread and wine become Christ’s true body and true blood.

The doubting monk was celebrating Mass one day. As he intoned the words of consecration, “suddenly the monk saw bread turn into Flesh and the wine into Blood,” according to documents at the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Italy.

Today, more than 12 centuries after the Lanciano miracle, the transformed host and wine are preserved still, despite being exposed to atmospheric and biological agents:

  • The Host-Flesh is light brown and appears rose-colored when lit from the back.
  • The Blood is coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size, of an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre.

Scientific investigations of Lanciano were conducted since 1575, most notably in 1970-71 and taken up again partly in 1981, by Dr. Odoardo Linoli, head of the clinical analysis laboratory and of pathological anatomy at Arezzo Hospital, and Dr. Ruggero Bertelli, professor of anatomy at the University of Siena.

Linoli and Bertelli came to the following conclusions:

  • The flesh is real human flesh, the blood is real human blood.
  • The flesh is heart tissue — of the myocardium, the endocardium, the vagus nerve and the left cardiac ventricle.
  • The flesh and blood have the blood-type AB, which is the same blood-type found on the Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium or Oviedo Cloth — the piece of cloth that is believed to have covered Jesus’ head after the crucifixion.
  • In the blood were found proteins in the same normal proportions (percentage-wise) as are found in the sero-proteic make-up of fresh human blood, as well as the minerals chloride, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.

According to “The True Presence,” in 1973, the UN World Health Organization’s board of governors appointed a scientific commission to investigate Lanciano. After 500 examinations, the scientists verified the 1971 findings and declared the tissue to be human.

There have been other Eucharistic miracles elsewhere since Lanciano. See here, here, and especially the website “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World” that was the work of a devout Italian boy named Carlo Acutis before he died from a brain tumor in 2006 at the tender age of 15.

To conclude, Christ is with us through the Holy Spirit, and in His Body and Blood, which makes it all the more terrible and reprehensible that state governments, ostensibly to “contain” the COVID-19 “pandemic,” had barred Catholics and other Christians from attending church service, including the receiving of the Holy Eucharist, which is life itself.

Tell our Lord your troubles and fears.

And tell Him, often and always, that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength. ❤️

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~E

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Gracie Storvika
Gracie Storvika
6 days ago

I cannot even begin to tell you how profoundly this article touched my heart today. I have been struggling with various “emotional” traumas in recent weeks . . . when I read the next to the paragraph . . . “Tell Our Lord your troubles and fears. And tell Him, often and always, that your love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.” . . . I must admit, I was moved to tears. Even if no other person who read this was so moved–it was exactly the very thing that I needed to learn today. I have little doubt that Our Lord moved upon you to issue that statement especially for me, because I needed that reminder.

God Bless you DrE for all the good you do, and for sheperding this little flock. I have no doubt that the angels of Heaven rejoice at seeing your good works, and the blessing you are in the lives of those around you.

 
Reuben G.
Reuben G.
5 days ago

I also love to read your little reminder about the heart, soul, mind, and strength. You’ve got me doing it more!

There’s so much trouble and argument in the Catholic and Protestant worlds now, I like the way you think and present things us, because it gets me away from all that stuff and closer to the faith I had as a child.

 
truckjunkie
truckjunkie
6 days ago

I must confess that I’m only about 80% deep in Religion, but I’ve been confused by a recent relationship I’ve become involved with, and I think I need some objective input. There’s a woman I’ve become VERY close to emotionally, and she feels the same for me. We’ve talked about Marriage, we intend to be Married as soon as they can come home to me, and will raise her 3 year old Son together. Here’s the problem. There are ample “red flags” on this relationship that I see clearly, and my friends all point out to me, that would indicate she is, or could be a scammer. What she’d hope to get from me in a scam is unclear-I have little to offer but my love-financially I’m nearly destitute. I’m buying a home, but have little Equity, due to a couple of re-finances. But even without ever seeing her except through pictures she sends of herself and her Son, I feel such love for them, and she feels the same for me. With all I’ve seen and pondered, I STILL feel this is real-she makes me happy, makes me feel like maybe my purpose in this life is to be with them, help her raise the 3 year old boy to be a good, honorable, truthful young man, and for us to live a good life as a Family. Okay, maybe I’m all wrong about her, but I have to believe this will work. If it doesn’t, I won’t regret the efforts I’m taking to bring us together. I’ve been happy for the first time in 20 years, and she openly and frequently thanks God for bring us together, and I make HER happy as well.
Either I have unshakable faith or I’m supremely delusional-I don’t know which. I know what it looks like from the outside, but I also know what it looks like from the inside. I know I need to take this to God, but I’m a novice, I don’t really know how.
Sorry for throwing all this on the table today, I hope you won’t judge me badly. I have to follow my heart on this, regardless of what bag of snakes it may lead me into. I don’t know WHAT God will make of this; I hope He will see my intentions to be good, and somehow assure me that I’m not going the wrong way.

 
joandarc
joandarc
5 days ago
Reply to  DrE

I agree with you Dr.E, that asking for guidance and help from the Holy Spirit is exactly what truckee must do. Put all of this matter “on a shelf” and surrender all of this to the Lord-the most holy, mighty and eternal God will help truckjunkie.

 
Gracie Storvika
Gracie Storvika
6 days ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

truck . . . take it to the Lord, and listen for what the Holy spirit whispers that your course of action should.

Just be aware that many of us are “on your side” and are praying that whatever will be for your good will be what is brought about. (You may think it odd that I should write such a thing, but actually I have been around for a number of years, only I used to post under another name.) I am sure that many of us think on you most fondly, and want all of the blessings that both Heaven and Earth can provide, that would be for your blessing and benefit. I will remember you in my prayers. Take care, and be prayerful over the matter. If DrE has written to you, please take her advice. She is an angel here among us, and has great insight into things in general.

 
Reuben G.
Reuben G.
5 days ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

Pray and be as wise and discerning as you can. Try to not to get carried away on emotions, but also if it’s meant to be, it’ll be a wonderful thing,

 
Gabriel
Gabriel
4 days ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

truckjunkie:

It strikes me that if you are 100% sure about this woman and your relationship, you would not be asking for our input. Just a thought for you to consider.

 
joandarc
joandarc
5 days ago

Thank you Dr.E for this most precious and magnificent post. Jesus is pure love and mercy. He knew we would need Him and He gave us His body and blood, His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. St. Athanasius said about Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, :”God has made Himself accessible to us.” What a beautiful and accurate description of Jesus’ purpose.

I will always be forever grateful and appreciative to Dr.E for taking me to Italy, and most especially, for having the incredible wonder of being in Lanciano to observe the flesh and blood of Jesus, this wonderful miracle which was studied and confirmed by many scientists as set forth by Dr.E. Every day I ask Our Lord to give my Sister, Dr.E, many graces and heavenly blessings!

No one should ever be afraid or reticent to tell Jesus their troubles or questions – tell Jesus everything and He will listen to you and help you – tell Him every detail. He loves you and you must love Him.