Aponit of Contention, OR an Opportunity for serious Contemplation? By Patrick

  SECTION TWO: THE LORD’S PRAYER: “OUR FATHER!” CCC 2759—2865: Today CCC #2828 to #2837

 There is dear friend’s a no more compelling reason to be an Informed and Fully Practicing Catholic than the Reality; the Truth of Jesus: GOD being in our very midst. Amen!

 

Ponder for a moment; what if; what IF this is TRUE as the Catholic Church had taught from Her founding by Jesus Himself. The first term used to describe this phenomenon was fittingly “The Breaking of the Bread.” I share with you with this evidence:

Luke 24:35[35] And they told what things were done in the way; and how they knew him in the breaking of the bread.”

Acts 2:42[42] And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

GOD can be described as “All GOOD things perfected”; who would be gullible enough to think that Jesus could not, would not and did not do this, which is the GREATEST Miracle; the GREATEST possible Good in human history; past; present and future. Genesis 1 26-27, 2:6-7 make the case that we ARE Created in the very image of God. Does not God seek Himself? … Are you willing to face GOD /Jesus in the immediate Judgment and say; opps, I didn’t believe all the evidence You left behind that proves that You Lord Really and Truly were and are in Catholic Holy Communion. SORRY I missed You!

  1. “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” {this is WHY we are Catholics!}

2828 “Give us”: the trust of children who look to their Father for everything is beautiful. “He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” He gives to all the living “their food in due season.” Jesus teaches us this petition, because it glorifies our Father by acknowledging how good he is, beyond all goodness.

2829 “Give us” also expresses the covenant. We are his and he is ours, for our sake. But this “us” also recognizes him as the Father of all men and we pray to him for them all, in solidarity with their needs and sufferings.

2830 “Our bread”: the Father who gives us life cannot not but give us the nourishment life requires – all appropriate goods and blessings, both material and spiritual. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus insists on the filial trust that cooperates with our Father’s providence. He is not inviting us to idleness, but wants to relieve us from nagging worry and preoccupation. Such is the filial surrender of the children of God:

To those who seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, he has promised to give all else besides. Since everything indeed belongs to God, he who possesses God wants for nothing, if he himself is not found wanting before God.

2831 But the presence of those who hunger because they lack bread opens up another profound meaning of this petition. the drama of hunger in the world calls Christians who pray sincerely to exercise responsibility toward their brethren, both in their personal behavior and in their solidarity with the human family. This petition of the Lord’s Prayer cannot be isolated from the parables of the poor man Lazarus and of the Last Judgment.

2832 As leaven in the dough, the newness of the kingdom should make the earth “rise” by the Spirit of Christ. This must be shown by the establishment of justice in personal and social, economic and international relations, without ever forgetting that there are no just structures without people who want to be just.

2833 “Our” bread is the “one” loaf for the “many.” In the Beatitudes “poverty” is the virtue of sharing: it calls us to communicate and share both material and spiritual goods, not by coercion but out of love, so that the abundance of some may remedy the needs of others.

2834 “Pray and work.” “Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you. Even when we have done our work, the food we receive is still a gift from our Father; it is good to ask him for it with thanksgiving, as Christian families do when saying grace at meals.

2835 This petition, with the responsibility it involves, also applies to another hunger from which men are perishing: “Man does not live by bread alone, but . . . by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,” that is, by the Word he speaks and the Spirit he breathes forth. Christians must make every effort “to proclaim the good news to the poor.” There is a famine on earth, “not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” For this reason the specifically Christian sense of this fourth petition concerns the Bread of Life: the Word of God accepted in faith, the Body of Christ received in the Eucharist.

2836 “This day” is also an expression of trust taught us by the Lord, which we would never have presumed to invent. Since it refers above all to his Word and to the Body of his Son, this “today” is not only that of our mortal time, but also the “today” of God.

If you receive the bread each day, each day is today for you. If Christ is yours today, he rises for you every day. How can this be? “You are my Son, today I have begotten you.” Therefore, “today” is when Christ rises.

2837 “Daily” (epiousios) occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. Taken in a temporal sense, this word is a pedagogical repetition of “this day,” to confirm us in trust “without reservation.” Taken in the qualitative sense, it signifies what is necessary for life, and more broadly every good thing sufficient for subsistence. Taken literally (epi-ousios: “super-essential”), it refers directly to the Bread of Life, the Body of Christ, the “medicine of immortality,” without which we have no life within us. Finally in this connection, its heavenly meaning is evident: “this day” is the Day of the Lord, the day of the feast of the kingdom, anticipated in the Eucharist that is already the foretaste of the kingdom to come. For this reason it is fitting for the Eucharistic liturgy to be celebrated each day.

The Eucharist is our daily bread. the power belonging to this divine food makes it a bond of union. Its effect is then understood as unity, so that, gathered into his Body and made members of him, we may become what we receive…. This also is our daily bread: the readings you hear each day in church and the hymns you hear and sing. All these are necessities for our pilgrimage.

The Father in heaven urges us, as children of heaven, to ask for the bread of heaven. [Christ] himself is the bread who, sown in the Virgin, raised up in the flesh, kneaded in the Passion, baked in the oven of the tomb, reserved in churches, brought to altars, furnishes the faithful each day with food from heaven.

John 8:32-33[31] Then Jesus said to those Jews, who believed him: If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed. [32] And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 6: 54-58 “ [54] Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. [55] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day. [56] For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. [57] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. [58] 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.”

 A Message for my fellow Catholics

The Eucharist fulfills Christ promise: “I WILL be with YOU always, even until the end of Time.” Cf. Mt.28:20

Truer words were never spoken. Yet the neglect and abuses Christ endures because of our weak faith; our sloth; our lack of sharing God’s Truths; make this effable gift of GOD Himself in Person indisputably the greatest act of HUMILATION in the worlds history of humanity evident in the manner in which You Receive our Lord; our GOD!. Receive Jesus on your tongue; WHO but a priest ot a Deacon is Truly worthy to hold GOD in their hands? If physically able one ought to genuflect, rather than merely bow or nod one’s head. Romans 14:11 [11] For it is written: As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God”

Seriously ponder exactly what the Eucharist is; which Paul understood so clearly: 1st Cor. 11: [26] For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. “[27] Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. “

Dear Brothers and Sisters; make the time and take the time to often ponder the Mystery and the Miracles before Us. It is Jesus; it IS JESUS! And what He does here in Catholic Holy Communion effaces in degree of humility any and all other sacrificial acts throughout all of human history; even Christ Own grotesque and barbaric- Passion and being nailed NAKED to his Cross. Why? How?

Why: Because Christ Passion was accomplished in “the flesh of His Perfect humanity,” while in the Eucharist it is Christ GLORIFIED Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity {the entire Christ} who desiring a way to “be with US” without frightening us is the Real Presence of Almighty God in our midst; beckoned by His chosen Mortal Priesthood: “I and the Father ARE One.” John 10:30. In the worlds history who else but US {***}, has been invited to the New Throne Room of God {The Catholic Mass} in this mortal life? And when He advises US to “take up our crosses and Follow Him”; this is not a metaphor. While replicating His degree of humility is impossible; and completely unattainable; our effort to do so is not, and indeed is to be our lives goal.

Truly we are to follow His Example by our own self-abasement in His Presence. Do WE act as if we are going to meet our Lord? Do WE in our thoughts, words and deeds reflect this sublime reality sufficiently that others will strive to model our humility; OUR awareness that it is GOD that we are about to receive. The best way to evidence this, is to receive Jesus on our tongues; and preferably by the priest or Deacon whose hands are anointed to do this task. {Are YOU really worthy of receiving GOD in your hands?} And we should genuflect; not simply bow or just nod our heads if our physical condition permits this. It IS GOD; we must act as if we Know this and that we BELIEVE this. Amen.

The Eucharist is a Miracle wrapped in Mystery; but it is SO critically signifient in its role of aiding our personal salvation that throughout the ages Jesus has caused worldwide, many Eucharistic Miracles to evidence His Love for us. These are scientifically proven to insure their validity and happen to strengthen-weak faith. Here Jesus the pinnacle of humility choose to take the form of “ordinary” bread; ordinary wine imamate objects to be consumed. All the while it being fully, once Consecrated, God in Person Really Present to us. Why? Not only to be WITH us but far more importantly and significantly to Be WITHIN US, and US to be within Him. John 6: 57-58 [57] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. [58] 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.” And this dear friends describes the miracle and Blessing of Catholic Holy Communion. AMEN!  

THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST

1322 The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

1323 “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet ‘in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to u

The Eucharist – Source and Summit of Ecclesial Life

1324 The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”   =      {Sacrifice} 

1325 “The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.”

1326 Finally, by the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all.

1327 In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking”

To Jesus Through Mary; and dear friends it is a prudent person who invites Mary to receive Her Son Jesus with you so that Jesus will have a perfect place of repose within your heart.

To Jesus; With Jesus; THROUGH Mary,

Patrick

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