Ave Maria
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Ave Maria

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Go Beyond 100%!

Bringing more souls to love Christ through his very body and blood in the Mass

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Ninety-seven percent.

The number of Filipino Catholics who believe that the bread and wine in Mass is the real body and blood of Christ. The survey was conducted by Radio Veritas through its Veritas Truth Survey conducted in a span of one month.

But diving deeper, in asking Filipinos of their familiarity of the doctrine of transubstantiation, in which the belief that the bread and wine, though it retains its physical properties during Mass is ultimately transformed in essence as the actual body and blood of Christ, it is highly unlikely to get a positive rating. It might also be that Filipinos will not have a full familiarity of the very words spoken by the priest during Consecration.

We could look at this in two ways. We could look at this as Filipinos easily embracing the faith, but also a serious need to further catechize our brethren to have a better understanding, appreciation, and living out of the faith.

But that’s actually beside the point here. Following the Gospel reading for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we are brought to experience once more the Last Supper, the very first time Jesus took the bread, blessed it, broke the bread, and gave it to his disciples, all while saying the very words, “This is my body.” He followed this with taking the chalice, blessed it, saying, “This is my blood.” On Luke’s account, Christ even mentioned, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

We can also look to the Bread of Life Discourse in John, in which Christ, in the most explicit way, tells the people, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”

Another way to look at it is through the lens of some of Christ’s miracles. His first miracle was turning water into wine at the wedding at Cana. Then we also have the feeding of the multitude, wherein a handful of loaves and fish were blessed and share to everyone present to hear Christ teach, which became a precursor to the Eucharist.

But thinking about it, perhaps the biggest miracle (probably on equal footing with the Resurrection) is what happened in the last supper. That’s also probably where the beauty of that miracle lies, in its simplicity. Unlike the wedding at Cana and the feeding of the multitude, the miracle in the upper room didn’t have anything specifically changed on the outside, and yet, it’s a miracle that we continue to experience day after day during Holy Mass. It is so simple, operated by the very words, “This is my body” and “This is my blood.” Maybe a large number of us can’t fully absorb words like transubstantiation, but for us to experience daily Christ himself in the form of bread and wine, to be fed and nourished by his very self daily in the Eucharist, is a daily miracle we should never take for granted.

Why? Because it ultimately shows us and lets us experience a God who is love, and because He is love, and all of this, in its simplicity, is an act of love that is meant for us, for all of us.

So maybe we can give it our all, do all we can to bring Christ to the world, or, maybe, to bring people to Christ. Then we can bring that ninety-seven percent to a hundred amongst Filipino Catholics, but go beyond it as we truly bring Christ to the world through the Eucharist.

A blessed Solemnity of Corpus Christi to everyone.

Ave Maria!

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