In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Institution of the Blessed Eucharist.
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At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ showed His apostles how to change ordinary bread and wine into His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. He instituted or created the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. He showed them what to use and told them the words to say so the He could remain with us forever every time we receive Him the Eucharist. We hear a recount of this story every time we go to Mass. At every single Mass, we see the priest doing exactly what Jesus instructed him to do. Every Mass is a recreation of the Last Supper. On that night, Jesus “instituted the Eucharist,” giving us His greatest gift: Himself.
Every time we are at Mass, the sacrifice of the Cross is continued. The Catechism calls this the “Sacrament of Love,” where Jesus unites Heaven and Earth in a physical way. We take Jesus into our bodies and fill our minds and hearts with His love. The Catechism calls the Eucharist a “Pledge of Future Glory.” Jesus promises that we will someday be even closer than we are in Communion.
The Eucharist is the “Source and Summit of the Christian Life.” What does this mean? This means that all of our life comes from the Eucharist. What is the summit? A summit is the highest point of a mountain. The Eucharist is the most important thing in the Christian life. Everything comes from it and is designed to bring us back to Christ.
The Eucharist is called the Lord’s Supper. It looks back and reminds us of the night before He died. It was the feast of the Passover, and Jesus and His apostles gathered in the upper room of a house. They ate lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs and drank wine, just as all Jewish people do on Passover. That unleavened bread and wine, though, was more important than just looking back at the Old Testament. It is also called the Lord’s Supper because the Book of Revelation tells us that Heaven is like a banquet in the Heavenly Jerusalem. The Eucharist looks forward to that meal as well.
The Eucharist is also called the Breaking of the Bread. After His Resurrection, when He was walking and talking with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, they didn’t recognize Him. It wasn’t until He sat with them and broke bread that they knew who He was. Bread is broken and shared at every Mass. The Bread of Life was not only broken on Holy Thursday night at the Last Supper, but it was broken again on the Cross the next day. Jesus is the Bre... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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