The between our hunger and thirst and the bread and wine of the most Holy Eucharist

Worthy of contemplation is the "Jinba ittai" between our hunger and thirst and the bread and wine of the most Holy Eucharist.  "Jinba ittai" is a Japanese term that describes the unity between a horse and rider. Ideally, they are not two but one. A similar unity exists between our hunger and thirst and the bread and wine of the most Holy Eucharist (Matthew 4:4). The most Holy Eucharist reminds us that our food and drink are the passion, death and resurrection of the Son of God. The passion, death and resurrection of the Son of God slake our thirst and satisfy our hunger.

Why Body and Blood?

Why body and blood? Why deposit these two parts of himself into the vessels of bread and wine to carry his real presence to us in the most Holy Eucharist ? Why not deposit neck and nose into the bread and wine instead of body and blood? Why not toe and tongue? Why not only one part of his body? Why not more than two parts of his body?

Does what he deposited even matter?

Assume that the almighty God could deposit any part or parts of himself into the vessels of bread and wine of the most Holy Eucharist, why did he pick his body and his blood? Did he pick his body and his blood intentionally for some specific purpose? Or was the deposit of body and blood random, accidental, arbitrary and capricious?

He deposited his body and blood into the bread and wine of the most Holy Eucharist because his blood and his body point us to his wounds. His bloody wounds are the mouth of God. The good news of great joy was preached to us through his bloody wounds. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" . Witness the truth by watching the traffic through his bloody wounds. Through the wounds that our evil opened, buckets of blood poured from his body. On a cataract of blood, his most precious possession - that which is most dear to all of us - his very life itself was carried through his wounds out of his body. Yet, not a drop - not a drop - of his love for us followed his blood through his wounds out of his body. His most sacred heart stayed filled to the brim with love for us.



19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Two questions about the most Holy Eucharist need answering. Why did Jesus deposit his body and his blood into the most Holy Eucharist. And why was the deposit made into the bread and the wine of the most Holy Eucharist? Were the choices of Jesus random, accidental, arbitrary and capricious? Or did he pick bread, wine, body and blood on purpose?

The connection between his body and his blood is his wounds. His bloody wounds are the mouth of God. God preaches the good news of great joy to us through his bloody wounds.  "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). The truth passes through his bloody wounds. It illuminates the darkness of our understanding of God in a glorious burst of epiphany. Witness the truth by watching the traffic through his bloody wounds. Buckets of blood spilled through the wounds that our evil opened in his body. But not a drop - not a drop - of his love for us followed his blood. His most sacred heart stayed filled to the brim with love for us. Jesus deposited his body and blood into the bread and wine of the Most Holy Eucharist to inform us that the consumption of the meaning of his bloody wounds is as essential to our survival as eating and drinking. Without food and drink, we die of hunger and thirst. Without an understanding of the meaning of his bloody wounds, death is just as certain.

What message is the Word of God trying to convey to us in the most Holy Eucharist? What is God trying to tell us? The survival of his love for us despite the evil we did to him is the source and summit of Christianity. It is the answer to the question, "Who is God?". The answer to the question, "Who is God?" is the message that the Word of God is trying to convey to us in the most Holy Eucharist. The connection between his body and his blood is his wounds. His body and his blood point to his bloody wounds. On the layer of reality on the near side of his bloody wounds, the story of the Crucifixion unfolded. We tortured and killed him. He suffered and died. On the layer of reality on the far side of his bloody wounds, the story of the Resurrection unfolded. He emerged from the dead still alive and sitll in love with us. He did not stay dead and he did not stop loving us. The narrative of salvation weaves its way through his bloody wounds to tie the Crucifixion and the Resurrection together into an apocalyptic conversation. In the apocalyptic conversation, the nature of God is revealed to us - the answer to the question, 'Who is God?' is given to us.

There is a connection between the most Holy Eucharist and the visit he paid to us at and about the city of Jerusalem in a region of our planet called the Middle East more than two thousand years ago. Our God was really present during his visit then and is really present in the most Holy Eucharist now. His real presence then and now are a big deal. But there is more to his visit and to the most Holy Eucharist than just his real presence. If the significant fact in the most Holy Eucharist is his real presence, then Jesus could have just taken a vacation on the French Riviera when he paid us a visit. But he did not. He let us impale him on the Cross like a fish on a hook. This is the significant fact not just his real presence. During his visit, we tortured and killed him. He suffered and died. Our evil opened bloody wounds in his body with lash, thorns, nails and spear. Our evil opened the mouth of God. God preaches the good news of great joy to us through his bloody wounds.  "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). The truth passes through his bloody wounds. It illuminates the darkness of our understanding of God in a glorious burst of epiphany. Witness the truth by watching the traffic through his bloody wounds. Buckets of blood passed through the wounds out of his body. But not a drop - not a drop - of his love for us followed his blood through his wounds and out of his body. His most sacred heart stayed filled to the brim with love for us. The treasure of Christianity is buried in his bloody wounds. Jesus deposited his body and his blood into the most Holy Eucharist deliberately. The deposit of his body and his blood was not random, accidental, arbitrary and capricious. His body and his blood point us to his bloody wounds. His wounds connect his body and his blood. When we wield the ax to sever the connection between his visit and the most Holy Eucharist, we sever the most Holy Eucharist from its meaning. We start to think that the real presence of Jesus in the most Holy Eucharist is the signficant fact. Indeed, Jesus is really present in the most Holy Eucharist. But, his real presence is not the significant fact. The significant fact is his bloody wounds - the badges that remind us that his love for us survived the evil we did to him.