Today, the One, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
At every single Mass, every single day, throughout the world, the host will be consecrated.
This has been done every single day ever since the day where Jesus sat at the table with his disciples.
We believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. In the consecrated host, it turns into Jesus, the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. The eucharist don’t represent Jesus. It is Jesus.
Let us first read today’s Gospel passage
51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’
52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ 53So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’
Apart from this passage, let us now see the other passages.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, or this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. ( Matthew 26:26-28 )
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. ( 1 Cor 11:26-29)
Just mere representation ? Just mere memorial ? I guess not.