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Thursday, April 18, 2019

God is Present Every Time a Mass is Validly Offered

"For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever. These things he said, teaching in the synagogue, in Capharnaum.
Many therefore of his disciples, hearing it, said: This saying is hard, and who can hear it? .....After this many of his disciples went back; and walked no more with him." - St. John 6:56-66

We have lots of choices to make in life. Might I suggest two really simple choices that will profit you for eternity?

- Don't be like the disciples who left Jesus when he explained the new and everlasting Passover meal. They seem so silly, don't they? They didn't trust Jesus so they left him. They didn't believe in Him so they dispersed. We know that the people who stayed and believed profited Heaven. Be among those people!

- Keep the Sabbath Day Holy and visit Christ at Mass! Jesus is present at every Mass that is validly offered. When the priest consecrates the Host above the Altar a chorus of angels sing and give praise because God Himself is about to descend. At. Every. Mass.

When history ends and we are shown the reality of our existence we are all going to feel so foolish for the amazing spiritual gifts that where always in our midst that we didn't fully appreciate.

St. Peter answers for all of us present at Mass who believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist in the very next verse:

"Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away? And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have known, that thou art the Christ, the Son of God." (St. John 6:68)

Which group do you want to belong to? The group that left complaining how hard of a teaching this was or the group that answered as St. Peter did?