After mass one day in a Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, there was a woman who showed the parish priest a discarded Holy Communion. The priest got the host, placed it in water to melt, and stored it in the Tabernacle. After a few days, the priest checked the host and found blood in the said Host. He told his Bishop Cardinal Bergolio, who is now Pope Francis. After some time, Cardinal Bergolio sent a specimen to a laboratory to be studied without giving a hint of the source. The findings were as follows:
- The blood comes from a human being.
- It comes from a heart that was still beating.
- The person was undergoing great difficulty.
This is only one of the many Eucharistic miracles in the world. Some of the other cities that have experienced such, include:
- Luciano, Bolsena, and Sienna in Italy
- Chiratakonnam, India
- Santarem, Portugal
- Titla, Mexico
- Cua, Venezuela
- Sokolka, Poland.
Like the Jews, we also ask the question, “How can this Man give us his flesh to eat? How can he be the living bread that came down from heaven?”
Tomorrow, as we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi and reflect on the Body of Christ, three things we remember:
- Food for the soul. As human beings, we are composed of body and soul. The body needs food. So does the soul. Sadly the world has fed her soul with entertainment, materialism, sensual pleasure, etc. At the end of the day, we ask ourselves, “Am I really happy?” Hence, we have a soul that is restless. The Host is food for the soul. St. Augustine said that in our hearts is a hole that only God can fill.
- Presence. It is said, that at any given time in the world, there is a Mass being offered. There are Churches that have adoration chapels. This is a testimony that God is always with us. Even during the Pandemic, the Church may have been closed but thanks to technology, the Home was converted into the Church itself. After all the family is the basic unit not only of society but also of the Church.
- He who eats the bread of life will have life eternal. We are only passing by in this world. Everything that we have is only but lent to us. We came to this world with nothing and we are leaving the world with nothing. Hence the desire of the Lord is eternal life.
“It became obvious why Catholics had built such beautiful cathedrals and churches throughout the world. Not as gathering or meeting places for Christians. But as a home for Jesus Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. Cathedrals house Jesus. Christians merely come and visit Him. The cathedrals and churches architecturally prepare our souls for the beauty of the Eucharist.”
– Allen R. Hunt, Author of Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church