Friday, June 24, 2011
Christ, present, truly, in the bread and cup of the Eucharist…
But what do we mean when we say that?
Back in the 4th century, people asked the same question and St. Augustine gave them this answer:
What you see is the bread and the chalice;
that is what your own eyes report to you.
But what your faith obliges you to accept is that
the bread is the Body of Christ and the chalice the Blood of Christ...
How is the bread his Body?
And that which is in the chalice - how is it his Blood?
Those elements, brothers and sisters, are called sacraments,
because in them one thing is seen, but another is understood.
What is seen is the corporeal species
but what is understood is the spiritual fruit...