While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many. Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." Mark 14:22-25
In the days of old, a lamb was sacrificed for Passover. When Jesus had his last supper and gave us the Eucharist, he gave us his own body. When he died on the cross he gave up his blood for us. He became the sacrificial lamb for our salvation. Today we celebrate this self giving of the Body and Blood of our Lord.
In the picture of the most Blessed Sacrament there is a lamb in the middle of the Host, where Jesus is with us always. This is his Divine Body. What greater sacrifice has God ever given, but the gift of His Son, for us to have always. He is the Lamb of God, who shed his blood for all.
This is the only living bread He gave for us to live, as part of Him. There is no sacrifice too small for us to offer then. We should be open to reconciliation and freeing ourselves of sin. In order to receive this living bread with a clean heart. After all Jesus went above and beyond to give so much of himself. Now it is up to us to give above and beyond, freely what he so loving gave. Can we love him in return just as much as he loves us.
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