In this lesson, as we prepare ourselves this Advent for Christmas, we focus on our Lord's Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist, within the context of Advent.
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St. Anthony and the Eucharistic miracle with the donkey
painting by Joseph Heintz the Younger
As we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, on December 25th, we spend the weeks of Advent in preparation. However, these weeks of penance are also a time to remind us that we must be spiritually prepared for the Second Coming of Christ and our own Judgment. During the first week of Advent, we shall meditate on hope, peace for the second week, joy for the third week, and love during the fourth week.
As we continue to contemplate lasting hope, we must meditate on the infinite and priceless gift of Our Lord’s Body and Blood offered on the altar at each and every Mass in the world. Recalling Our Lord’s discourse on the Eucharist recorded in the Gospel of John Chapter 6, we read from the beginning of the chapter “The Bread of Life” in the Life of Christ by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on the topic. Although the following excerpt is long, no truncated version would adequately discuss the greatest treasure and source of hope for the human race — the Eucharist. In truth, no one can ever completely understand a mystery of the Faith like the Holy Eucharist or the Trinity.
Two banquets were held in Galilee in the course of a year: one in the court of Herod at which John the Baptist preached; the other, a banquet in the open air served by Our Lord. He had crossed over the Sea of Galilee, probably to avoid the fury of Herod who had just murdered the Baptist and a large crowd of people followed who had seen the signs he performed in healing the sick (John 6:2)
Their motives for following Him were somewhat confused; but there was a growing idea that He was the Christ. Greatly disappointed were they when He retired to the mountain with His disciples. The Gospel chariot was stopped briefly for the sake of a little rest for those who drove it. Because the Passover was near and many were on their way to Jerusalem, the crowd swelled to five thousand (not counting women and children).
For they had no leisure even to eat, so many were coming and going (Mark 6:31)
The little town to which they came was six miles across the water from Capharnaum. When Our Blessed Lord got out of the boat as it touched the shore, the multitudes were there to meet Him. They had brought their sick with them, and they were hungry in more ways than one. They gave Him no repose, not because they believed Him to be the Son of God, but bec... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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