Jewish roots of the Eucharist

  • Hour 1 of 4-9-20
  • Do you believe that Jesus was speaking the truth about the Eucharist? On this Holy Thursday, we reflect on the Eucharist, the priesthood, and the origins of how Jesus instituted them. Dr. John Bergsma joins Drew to explain how when we go to Mass, we are renewing the covenant that God made with us, specifically the New Covenant of the ‘restored Israel.’ The Eucharist first began at the Last Supper and was truly meant to be His body and blood given up for us, and this continues to today. This was not a sign or a nice symbol; we have a gift every day to receive Him and remember His sacrifice for us. Dr. Bergsma explains that this is a sacrifice of thanksgiving for His love and passion on the cross.
  • Jesus lamented to St. Faustina that when people go to receive Him in the Eucharist they treat Him as if He were a dead object. Do you believe it is truly Jesus? Dr. Ray Guarendi gave a wonderful talk at a conference about the true presence. You can hear his audio in the second half of the hour; share the audio with a friend or family member who might be skeptical about Jesus’ presence. It may appear to be bread, but He is truly there hidden out of love for us.
  • Prayer of St. Faustina before the Eucharist

    I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord. You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty. And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed Your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my soul recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration.

    My Lord and Creator, Your goodness encourages me to converse with You. Your mercy abolishes the chasm which separates the Creator from the creature. To converse with You, O Lord, is the delight of my heart. In You I find everything that my heart could desire. Here You light illumines my mind, enabling it to know You more and more deeply. Here streams of graces flow down upon my heart. Here my soul draws eternal life. O my Lord and Creator, You alone, beyond all these gifts, give Your own self to me and unite Yourself intimately with Your miserable creature.

    O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy. Amen.