Definition: Change the substance, a change that happens of an imperceptible level
"For what you see is simply bread and a cup this is the information your eyes report. But your faith demands far subtler insight: the bread is Christ's body, the cup is Christ's blood" -St. Augustine
Transubstantiation is the process of which the bread and whine of the Eucharist is spiritually changed into the body and blood of Christ. in catholic beliefs many believe that through the act of transubstantiation that Jesus becomes truly present in the Eucharist.
The change in the bread and wine to the body and blood of Christ is significant because of how we are accepting Jesus into our body's and by taking the Eucharist we become whole and be given faith in the Holy Communion
Luke 22: 17 - 20
“Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks to God and said “ Take this and share it among yourselves. I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes. Then he took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” In the same way, he gave them the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you.”
The Eucharist as both mean and sacrifice
Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the Eucharist ‘the making present and sacramental offering of his (Christ’s) unique sacrifice'. It also calls the Eucharist ‘the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord’s body and blood’. In a lengthy treatment of the Eucharist, the Catechism weaves together its two basic values as sacrifice and meal
LIVING THE EUCHARIST
Are you willing to make sacrifices in your everyday life, for love of God and neighbor? Sometimes a sacrifice means going out of your way to help somebody, or taking a humble attitude, or doing something good when it’s inconvenient. Think about the week that just passed. What opportunities were presented to you? How did you respond?
Make time to share a meal with someone. Maybe invite a family member whom you don’t see often, or a friend or colleague you’ve put off because of your busy schedule. Make it delightful. Let “living the spirit of Eucharist” be the hidden agenda of the meal.
Jesus, you are the true Lamb, whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers. Thank you for giving your life for me. You are the Good Shepherd, who spreads a banquet before us. Thank you for feeding me. How can I bring you to this hungry world? Show me the way!
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