Is our Lord Jesus Christ really present in the Eucharist?

If the very God, who gives us the sun every morning, who created the stars and the birds, who is infinitely merciful towards us wants to come to our abode, to our home, to our heart, shall we refuse him? This is what happens in the Holy Eucharist:

 

Let us see what the Catechism says about it:

 

Catechism Nº 1374: “The holiest sacrament of the Eucharist truly, really and substantially holds the Body and the Blood besides the soul and the divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ”. (Council of Trent: Ds 1651)”Such presence is called “real” not by way of exclusivity, as if the other presences were not “real”, but by way of excellence, because it is substantial and through it Christ, God and man, is fully present” (MF 39)

 

Nº 1375: “By means of the conversion of the bread and the wine into his Body and his Blood, Christ becomes present in this sacrament”. (…) Saint Ambrose says about such conversion: “Let us be fully persuaded that this is not what Nature has produced but what the blessing has consecrated and that the force of this blessing surpasses the force of nature, because through the blessing, Nature itself is altered…The word of Christ who could make from nothingness what didn’t exist, could it not change the existing things into what they still not were? For it is not less to give things its first nature as to change it” (myst.9, 50.52)

 

Nº 1376: The Council of Trent abridges the Catholic faith when it asserts: “Because Christ, our Redeemer, said that what He offered us under the consecrated species of bread was really His body, the Church has always maintained such conviction, which is ratified again by the Holy Council through the consecration of the bread and the wine, a change takes place from the total substance of the bread to the substance of the Body of Christ our Lord and from the total substance of the wine to the substance of His Blood; The Catholic Church has appropriately and justly called such change transubstantiation” DS 1642)

 

Nº 1378: The cult of the Eucharist: In the liturgy of the Mass, we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the consecrated species of bread and wine, among other things, by kneeling down or reverently bowing, as a signal of worship, to the Lord: “The Catholic Church has given and still gives such a cult of worship due to the sacrament of the Eucharist, not only during the Mass, but also once its celebration is finished; carefully keeping the consecrated hosts, carrying them in procession and presenting them to the faithful, in order that they solemnly adore them” (MF 56).

 

Nº 1380: (…) “The Church and the world are in need of the Eucharistic cult. Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us not waste any time and meet him in worship, in faithful contemplation open to repair the serious faults and crimes of the world. Let us never end such worship” (Jean Paul II, lit. Dominicae  cenae, 3).

 

Nº 1384: The Lord sends us an urgent invitation to receive Him in the sacrament of the Eucharist: “Amen, amen, I say to you: unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you will not have life in you” (Jn 6, 53)

 

Nº 1385: In answering such an invitation, we must prepare for such a great and holy event. Saint Paul exhorts us to an inspection of our conscience:“Therefore, whoever eats this bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the cup; for he who eats and drinks unworthily, without distinguishing the body, eats and drinks judgment to himself”(1 Co 11, 27-29). Whoever is aware to be in mortal sin has to receive the sacrament of reconciliation before approaching communion.

 

Nº 1389:  The Church places the faithful under the obligation “to participate in the divine liturgy, Sundays and holy days” (OE 15) and to receive the Eucharist at least once a year, if possible during Easter (cf CIC, can 920), previously prepared by the sacrament of Reconciliation. But the Church also recommends the faithful to receive the holy Eucharist on Sundays and holy days or even every day.

 

Nº 1395: Through the very charity that it inflames in us, the Eucharist protects us against future mortal sins. The more we participate in the life of Christ and the more we progress in his friendship, the more difficult will it be to break off relations with him caused by mortal sin. The Eucharist is not oriented to forgive mortal sins. That is a matter for the sacrament of Reconciliation. The place of the Eucharist is to be the sacrament of those who are totally in communion with the Church.

 

Nº 1397: The Eucharist supposes a compromise towards poor people. In order to truly receive the Body and Blood of Christ delivered by us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest people, His brothers (cf. Mt 25, 40):“You have tasted the blood of the Lord and you don’t recognize your brother. You are dishonoring this table, as you don’t consider it worthy to share your food with him who has been judged worthy to participate at this table. God has made you free of all your sins and has invited you. And, even so, you have not become more merciful”,(Saint John Chrysostom, ho, in 1 Co 27, 4)