By Nna Anulumadu

The parish priest St Paul Catholic Church Ideani Rev Fr. Dr.John Nnaemeka on Sunday said that some Christians are yet to encounter Christ in the Eucharist because sins. Fr Nnaemeka said this during his Homily to commemorate the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).His words; “Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi.It originated in France, in the mid-thirteenth century, and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264.This feast focuses on two manifestations;- on the Holy Eucharist, as the body of Christ and on the Church, as the body of Christ.” Speaking on the nature of the effects of the Eucharist in the life of the recipient, Fr Nnaemeka stated that in Human Nutrition, there are statements which are very true, such as;’ You are what you eat’ and ‘good food nourishes the body’. “While the physical food we eat nourishes the body, the Spiritual food (the Eucharist) nourishes our souls, making us spiritually healthy and filled with the grace to think and be like Christ.”Christ spoke of this kind of effect, when he said in John 6:55-56; ‘ My flesh is real food and my body is real drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me and I in them’.Since it has always been believed that we become what we eat, it then follows that those who eat the Eucharistic species become Eucharistic beings, bearing in them Christ who is God” .” Is this so with you, who receive the Eucharist daily or Sundays, like today?Whenever we receive the Eucharist, we are supposed to be transformed into Christ. St Augustine is said to have heard the following words from Christ, in prayer; ‘You will not change me into yourself as you would change food, instead you will be changed into me'” Beloved friends in Christ, whenever you receive the Eucharist, do you feel any change inside of you? Does it in any way challenge you? Is Christ truly present in the Eucharist? If Yes, how do I encounter him, in the Holy Eucharist?It is important to note that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. Christ showed this in last supper (cf. Luke 22:19 and Matthew 14:22 ), where he said, ‘This is my body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me’Christ did not say; ‘This is like my body.’What Christ is saying, is that in the Eucharist, we behold his true body and blood.In order to deepen our understanding of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, we need to critically look at these words of Christ; ‘Do this in remembrance of me’In saying something about this particular statement, St Paul, in the second reading, 1Corinthians 11:23-26 , said much, and in verse 26, he said; ‘So then, whenever you eat of this bread and drink from this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord until he comes.What this entails is that the Eucharist, as an act of remembrance ( anamnesis) does not only recalls to mind , what Jesus did but also effectively makes it present again (cf. Catholicism by Richard McBrien, page 822). ” Speaking on how to encounter Christ in the Eucharist, Fr Nnaemeka advised that we must be in the state of Grace; stating that sin, most times, deprives us a lot (see Micah 3:4and Isaiah 1:15) from encountering Christ in the Eucharist and No wonder, the scripture advices us to avoid it, (Hebrews 12:1) . And the Psalmist, in Psalm 24:3-5 , gave a serious point on righteousness before God’s presence.Secondly, approach Him with Faith: Jesus wants us to approach him with faith. He does not want to see us coming to him with double mind (cf 1Kings 18:21) or Lukewarmness( Revelation 3:16 ), or persist in doubt ( John 20:27). In essence, we need to walk by faith, and not by sight( 2 Corinthians 5:7).For this is only when we could gain multiple graces and blessings in our lives, just as Christ did in today’s Gospel, Luke 9:11-17, when he multiplied the five loaves and two fish. Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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