Bread of Life

 this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. (john 6: 50)
The miracle of God’s physical presence to us at every Mass is the truest testament to Christ’s love for us and His desire for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus Christ celebrated the first Mass with His disciples at the Last Supper, the night before He died. He commanded His disciples, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). The celebration of the Mass then became the main form of worship in the early Church, as a reenactment of the Last Supper, as Christ had commanded. Each and every Mass since commemorates Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross through the Holy Eucharist. Because the Mass “re-presents” (makes present) the sacrifice on Calvary, Catholics all around the world join together to be made present in Christ’s timeless sacrifice for our sins. There is something fascinating about continuing to celebrate the same Mass—instituted by Christ and practiced by the early Church—with the whole community of Catholics around the world…and in heaven.


Why does the Catholic Church believe Christ is really present in the Eucharist?
The Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence is the belief that Jesus Christ is literally, not symbolically, present in the Holy Eucharist—body, blood, soul and divinity. Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist because Jesus tells us this is true in the Bible:

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them,

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” - John 6:48-56
Furthermore, the early Church Fathers either imply or directly state that the bread and wine offered in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper is really the body and blood of Jesus Christ. In other words, the doctrine of the Real Presence that Catholics believe today was believed by the earliest Christians 2,000 years ago!

This miracle of God’s physical presence to us at every Mass is the truest testament to Christ’s love for us and His desire for each of us to have a personal relationship with Him.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Kathy Bernard - Publisher

"From Judah will come the cornerstone, the tent peg,
the bow for battle, and all the rulers. - Zechariah 10:04

How are you building your Christian life? Is your foundation secure?

The dictionary reads: "a foundation is a prepared base on which a structure will rest". Jesus Christ prepared His foundation for all by paying for our sins over two thousand years ago. If we have trust and faith in Him, that foundation stands ready for all believers to start building their eternities through an unshakeable conviction that He is the only way to salvation. He gives each of us His master blueprint for working out our lives according to His explicit instructions.

If I ignore Jesus Christ and stand on my own desires and wants, I am building my life on a faulty support that is temporary. In my self-righteous state I may not realize I am building on perilous sand. But if I follow as He directs me, I will build my life with loving vigilance. Any foundation other than that of Christ is a shallow marsh which will swallow me up into regrettable behavior making my work worthless to God. My surety comes from choosing to build on the support I know is solid, and that is Jesus Christ. When we listen with our hearts to what He wants from us as His followers, we do not worry like the wicked whose houses will one day disintegrate because their foundation is makeshift and will not support what we build. No matter how beautifully constructed, no building can stand without a secure base.

Even though I make mistakes and build wrongly, with His help I can always start over with God's grace because one of His vital promises is forgiveness. Not one of us is perfect but we depend on the goodness of the Heavenly Father Who gives "second chances" to amend our lives and begin again. As long as there is life within us, God will give His forgiveness if we ask for it and repent of wrongdoing. But if my faith foundation is imperfect, nothing I build upon can ever be made right unless I, through strong faith, exchange it for 'the real thing".

Jesus tells us of the parable in Matthew 7: 25-27: "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."

There is a story about a very wise man who called one of his faithful workmen and said to him, "Go into the far country and build a house for me. I am giving you the plans for the foundation. This is most important. Use them exactly as I have written. The decisions of planning and of actual construction will be yours for I know you do excellent work. But remember, I shall come to inspect your work very carefully because this house is for a very special friend of mine and is my gift to him. Do not stint on the materials but buy the very best so build using your talent and the guidelines that I have given to you.

And so the workman departed with a light heart for his field of labor. Material of all kinds was plentiful here, but the workman looked around and took note of the prices.

"Surely," he thought, "I know my business. I can use a bit of inferior materials for the foundation here and cheat on my workmanship a little there, and still make the finished work look good. Only I will know that what I have built has weaknesses. and I can have a little money left over to enjoy myself. My employer will never know because the house will look good".

And so, at last the work was completed and the workman reported back to the wise man that the house was finished.

"Very good. From what you are showing me, everything looks great," he said. "Now remember that I wanted you to use only the finest materials for the foundation and craftsmanship in this house because I wanted it to be a present to a faithful and an honest worker. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a shiny new key. I knew I could trust you with this job. "My friend," the man continued, "you are the one I had you build it for. It is yours!"

The worker's face fell in disgrace and regret. He endured the praise heaped upon him because he knew he could not tell his employer what he had done. What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he would live in a home he had built none too well.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about what you are building, about how you are living your life. Stone by stone, brick by brick, you construct your eternity. Your life tomorrow will be the result of the choices you make today. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall you are choosing how you will spend your eternity. The plaque on your wall may say, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." but added to that should be, "A project that was built on the rock of Jesus Christ"

St. Paul tell us in 1 Corinthians 3:11-14: "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have - Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials - gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person's work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward."

One day the Overseer will inspect my work as I stand facing Him. Will I cringe in sorrow as He surveys my lack of effort? Will He shake His head in disappointment when He sees how I built my life? Will He look with regret and sadness at all the inferior work I have done in my lifetime? I know He will see the times I turned away from what He taught in order to live my own way. He will look deep inside my heart and see the shoddy choice of materials I used for my own personal satisfaction.

Apocalypse 20: 12-13 also says "And I saw the dead, great and small, standing in the presence of the throne, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by those things which were written in the books, according to their works." Our Lord Jesus Christ will be the one who will test the foundation upon which we built our lives and the solidness and the structure of our buildings. Everything we have ever done, both good and evil will be revealed to us on that day. If we have rejected Jesus as the true foundation, the whole house will tumble and fall. But if I have built my life on His solid doctrine with Christ as my foundation, I will be called into His eternal kingdom.

I am the builder of my own eternity. Every deed I do in my Savior's name is added to what I am building on His precious foundation. For me, "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, and my strength in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower" (Psalms 18:2 ). I can choose to build on the rock Jesus laid down using the blueprints He gives me or I can choose to build on the crumbling sands of sin. I, alone, make this choice. But on the morning of my resurrection I will have to live with what I have built... forever and forever.

"Together we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself." - Ephesians 2:20

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