Jesus as the Passover Lamb of Sacrifice

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Our Lord: Eucharistic Christ is the Passover Lamb of Sacrifice

Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

by Jayson M. Brunelle

In previous posts, I’ve explored the centrality of the Eucharist as the sacrament toward which every other sacrament tends.  I’ve talked about the Eucharist as both source and summit of all of the Church’s activity.  I’ve underscored Christ’s words regarding His real presence in the Eucharist explained so eloquently in the Gospel of John.  But I’ve yet to speak on the Eucharist as the Sacrament of self-giving love, manifested in the words of John the Baptist: “Look – there is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29).  At the moment of consecration, the priest says, “Take this, all of you, and eat it.  This is my body, which shall be given up for you.”  And when consecrating the wine, he states, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it.  This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.  It will be shed for you and for all, so that sins may be forgiven.  Do this in memory of me.” (more…)