Summary: How many times do we neglect the sacrament of the Eucharist (Communion) for the "thrills" of the modern age? This is a call back to the Early Church and what they held about this Most Blessed Sacrament.

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Awakening in the Blood and Body

St. John 6:44-59 (ESV)

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ’And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will 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. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.”

In this passage of Holy Scripture we see that Christ is speaking to the Jews in their synagogue about the Body and Blood which he will offer not too long afterward on the cross of Calvary for the sins of all who would believe on Him. There are several truths that Christ is presenting to the Jews in this passage. First, he states that He is “the bread which comes from the Father.” Many of the Jews in that age fed upon the laws and regulations regarding cleanliness and personal purity while neglecting some of the more weighty requirements such as loving God more than anything and loving their neighbors as themselves.

Jesus stated to the Jews of that age as He speaks to us of this present age that He is the true way and all others are paltry imitations in truth. In an age when truth is subjective and each person makes their own version of “truth” how can we know that we have eternal life? The plain answer is to simply believe what Christ Himself taught about it. He is THE truth, THE way, and THE life and no one comes to Father except through Him (St. John 14:6). There is NO other way into the presence of God except through the provision God Himself made through His Son Jesus Christ. Since this is the case, why does the modern church focus more on the preacher to deliver the truth and neglect to seek it out for themselves? Simple: they either have no clue about historic Christianity or they simply refuse to open their eyes to the truth because it would mean inconvenient obedience and service to God in their personal lives and many simply are incapable of seeing beyond their own microcosm they’ve created for themselves into the glories of the reality of Christ’s Kingdom. Christ is plainly saying here that unless you partake of His flesh and drink of His blood that you cannot have life within you. What does this mean? Again, simple: The Eucharist (Communion). It is one of the sacraments across the board for all denominations, yet many neglect this focus of true worship.

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