This is my body that is for you

449d7ef1d700bbf27845df5ce2d2428fThe fact that Jesus can turn a piece of bread into his Body, is as incomprehensible to us as it was to His disciples 2,000 years ago. And yet it is the basis of our faith and an incredibly important part of our daily lives. Recently I often discuss with my students the differences between us and Protestants. When the discourse about whether we are redeemed by faith or our deeds takes us to a dead end, I ask them about the Presence of the true God in the Blessed Sacrament. For me this is the key to catholic faith. We believe that if we do not eat the Body of Jesus, we will not have life in us.

Recently in my country we had the opportunity to hear about two important events related to the Body of Christ. The first one was the announcement of the results of the expertise on the Eucharistic miracle in Legnica in the year 2013. In the Host dropped by a priest and put into water, human DNA was discovered- a clipping of the heart of a dead man. Such miracles happen once in a while to remind us that this is not a fairy tale, but the actual Presence of Jesus.

Last week in Jasło a very different event occurred connected to the same Body of Christ. A group of high school students desecrated the Blessed Sacrament by trampling the Holy Communion, which they received from the priest. Probably they had not heard about the events of Legnica, because if they had, maybe it would give them food for thought … It is hard to explain why they did such a thing, but certainly they did not see the Body of God in this piece of bread.

He gives Himself into our hands completely. As it was with His death on the cross, He goes with humility and let’s Himself be trampled by men. We will never be able to express our gratitude for such a God. His strength is precisely that He does not use force, He pulls out His hand to us with all the best, but He allows us to reject it. May we always look at a piece of white bread transformed into the Body of our Savior with all the awareness we are able to have. May I always remember, while entering my house, that at the end of the corridor in a locked box, is not a wafer, but the true God, who is so close to us, that He allows us to eat Him.

About s. Ewa Bartosiewicz RSCJ

I am a religious sister from the Society of the Sacred Heart in Poland. In June 2015 I have made my first vows and started work in Gdynia as a catechist. Now I live in Poznań and am responsible for the Vocation Ministry.
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