Lie ! Patent Lie !

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There are people who  have mastered the art of telling lies. The origin of this species can be  traced to their father  whom we call Devil. His modus operandi is simple; presenting good as bad and bad as good!

He tasted success in  his first  experiment itself. In the garden of Eden, he seduced Eve to  eat the  forbidden fruit  by telling a lie. Back then it was  a tragedy. Now what we see is history repeating itself, but  this time  as a farce. Nevertheless, the  essential component viz. lie remains at its center.  Then the devil persuaded Eve to eat something  forbidden, now he  persuades us not to eat the recommended  food.

Jesus told us that  we should eat his flesh and  drink his blood so as to  get eternal life.  In fact this is the only food that  Jesus ever recommended to us.  His advice was to  work for this  special food only, rather than  toiling for something perishable. ‘Do not work for the food that  perishes, but for the food that  endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you’ (Jn 6:27). Elsewhere he tells us that  this  food  that leads us to the eternal kingdom is nothing but  his own body and blood. ‘I am the living bread that  came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give  for the life of the  world is my flesh’ (Jn 6:51).

Satan detests the Holy Eucharist to the core. He will  persuade us to skip it. He will employ  all the weapons in his quiver to  prevent us from accessing this most essential and  life saving vaccine, the components of which are  the flesh and  blood of  the Son of God.  When the  devil offers us some concoctions in the guise  of true medicine, he never reveals what its components are, because he knows that  once we know what exactly constitutes  his  hellish medicine, we will not allow it to  corrupt our body, mind and soul. Satan’s fact sheets are  difficult to understand!

But Jesus is a gentleman. When he offers us something so special, he attaches its fact sheet also along with it so that those who receive it  could do it  with their informed consent. We should  think about  the Holy Eucharist in this context. It is purely the  flesh and blood of  Jesus Christ who  voluntarily offered it  for  redeeming us. Before doing so, he made it  amply clear that  he was going to do it.  He further said that there are no shortcuts to  eternal life; those who want eternal life should consume the  medicine  that Jesus  prescribed.  It is crystal clear.  Holy Eucharist is the  flesh and  blood of Jesus Christ. It is the only way to open our eyes to the ultimate truth. Those disciples who were on their way to Emmaus, could recognize Jesus  only when ‘he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them’ (Lk 24:30).

Satan will abhor it. He does not like us recognizing  the true  Jesus Christ because he knows that anybody who happens to  have a glimpse of who Jesus Christ is and what  he did for us will never trifle the Holy Eucharist.

Now it is our turn to decide, whether to follow the lie that Holy Eucharist is only a piece of bread, or to  receive it with the full conviction that it is the living body of our  Lord and Redeemer. The chalice  contains not a few drops of wine but the true blood of the  only person who was true God and true man. But there are  people  who try to obscure this undeniable truth of whom Peter said; ‘But false prophets   also arose among the people, just as there will  be false teachers  among you, who will  secretly bring in destructive opinions. They will even deny the Master who bought them- bringing swift destruction on themselves’ (2 Pet 2:1). Please  understand that  denying the  real presence of   the Lord in the Holy Eucharist is equivalent to  denying Jesus Christ. Woe to those who still deny the Master who bought them with his blood. Woe to  those who  consider it as just a remembrance of the  Last Supper. Woe to those who  give up the most desirable food that  nourishes   their body, mind and  soul.

Happy are those who recognize the  true value of   the Holy Eucharist for they will be  rewarded here on earth and  then beyond it. Let us pray: O Lord Jesus, give us the grace to experience your living presence in  the Holy Eucharist. May it  become our medicine for  eternal life. Amen

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