Saturday, August 22, 2009
The Eucharist 耶稣圣体
St. John's Gospel chapter 6 on the Body and Blood of Jesus, which was the Gospel reading for the past 5 weeks, is one of my favourite chapters.
"Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person." (verses 54-56).
These are the verses I quoted frequently at RCIA session on Eucharist, communion, love and eternal life in Christ. This is the solid foundation of our Eucharist which was instituted by Christ himself.
While receiving the Communion, I was thinking about the response to the responsorial psalm " Taste and see that the Lord is good".
How was the taste? did I believe this was the blood and body of Christ? Did I have doubt as the Basilican monk in Lanciano of Italy in AD750? *
It tasted good, especially if it was freshly made wafer! But Lord, I believe it was your Body and Blood. You gave me hope, trust and confidence of salvation and eternal life.
Yes Lord, I believe.
*The bread turned into real flesh & blood. It is still in this form till today.
今天当我领圣体的时候，我想起答唱咏的回应 “ 尝到了天主的美善 ”（我自己照英文直译）。