Revelation 2: 1 – 5
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: `The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “`I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false; I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen, repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent”
Bishop Sheen’s : “Why Bread and Wine”
QUOTED FROM his book: “THE LIFE OF CHRIST “
Because of God’s incomprehensible LOVE for His Created humanity [in a manner of speaking: his “alter-self”]; humanity, Created in the very image of God is alone enabled to conditionally and in a way more intimate than married love; actually share “in-God.” To literally become “one WITH God. No greater grace, NO GREATER gift can be bestowed on humanity short of our salvation.
Quoted below is, in my opinion, an account of Catholic Holy Communion that ought to make the entire world desire to convert to Catholism. A gift of such esteemed value that it is given only conditionally.
Those who receive worthily MUST fully understand and belief in the true Reality of Christ Devine presence; not to do so is to blaspheme and to sin Mortally
Those who receive worthily MUST be in the “state of grace.” A sign of fellowship with Christ, and evidence of suffering for Christ.
Those who receive worthily MUST “Fast.” …. One is to HUNGER for God. To be filled with “Awe and Wonder” at Love manifested with such intimacy.
One ought be greatly humbled to be invited to “The Supper of the Lamb.”
Gratitude cannot be outdone, too excessive, or lavish. Yet it is to be shared only between you and Christ. It should NEVER be omitted
“Why did our Blessed Lord use bread and wine as elements of this memorial? ….
First of all because no two substances in nature better symbolize unity than bread and wine. As bread is made from a multiplicity of grains of wheat, and wine is made from a multiplicity of grapes, so to the many who believe are one in Christ. Second, no two substances had to suffer more to become what they are than bread and wine.
Wheat has to through the rigors of winter, be ground beneath the Calvary of a mill, then subjected to purging fire before it can become bread. Grapes in their turn must be subjected to the Gethsemane of a wine press, and have their life crushed from them to become wine. Thus do they symbolize the Passion and suffering of Christ, and the condition of Salvation [my emphasis], for our Lord said “unless we die to ourselves we cannot live in Him.” A third reason is that there are no two substances in nature which have traditionally nourished man more than bread and wine. In bringing these elements to the altar, men are equivalently bringing themselves. When bread and wine are taken and consumed, they are changed into man’s body and blood. BUT WHEN HE TOOK BREAD AND WINE HE CHANGED THEM into Himself. [my emphasis] ….
He gave the command to commemorate and announce His redemptive death until He came again! He asked His Apostles to do what was set forth as a Memorial of His Passion, Death and Resurrection. What He did looked forward to the Cross; what they did, and which continued ever sense in the Mass is to look back at His Redemptive Death.
…. That Holy Thursday Our Lord had given them not another sacrifice than His unique Redemptive Act on the cross; HE GAVE A NEW MANNER of Presence. [my emphasis] It would not be a new sacrifice as there is only one. He gave a new presence of THAT [same] sacrifice. ….
…. In obeying His mandate, His followers would be re-presenting in an unbloody manner that which He presented to His Father in the bloody sacrifice of Calvary.
“He …. Gave it to them“. Mark 14:22
By that communion they were made one with Christ. To be offered with Him, In Him and By Him. ALL love craves unity. As the highest peak of love in the human order is the unity of husband and wife in the flesh, so the highest unity in the Divine order is the unity of the soul [like God a “spiritual thing”] and Christ in communion.
When the Apostles, and the Church later on, would obey our Lords words to renew the Memorial and to eat and to drink of Him, the Body and Blood would not be that of the Physical Christ then before them, but that of the glorified Christ in heaven Who continually makes intercession for sinners.
When Our Lord, after He changed the bread and wine into His Body and Blood, told His Apostles to eat and drink, He was doing for the soul of man, what food and wine does for the body.
Unless plants sacrifice themselves to being plucked up from the roots, they cannot nourish or commune with man. The sacrifice of the lowest must precede communion with the higher. First His death was mystically represented; then communion followed. The lower is transformed into the higher; chemicals into plants, and animals into man; and man into Christ by Communion.
…. Our Lord never told anyone to write about His Redemption, BUT He did tell His Apostles to renew it, apply it and commemorate it, prolong it by His orders of the Last Supper. He wanted the great drama of Calvary to be played not once, but for every age of His choosing. He wanted men not to be readers about His redemption, but actors in it, offering up their body and blood with His in the re-enactment of Calvary, saying WITH HIM, “this is my body and this is my blood”; dying to their lower natures to live in grace; saying that they cared not for the appearance of the species of their lives as their family relationships, jobs, duties, physical appearances, or talents, but that their intellects, their wills, their substance___ ALL THAT THEY TRULY were ___ would be changed into Christ; that the Heavenly Father looking down on them would see in them His Son, see their sacrifices massed with His sacrifice, their mortifications incorporated with His death, so that eventually they might share in His glory.” END of QUOTE
My friends, it is my prayer for you and your’s that this touches your heart; your souls as it has done mine. I am eternally grateful God has given us this time together! AMEN!
Love and prayers,
“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen, repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent”