The Eucharist is the center of Catholic life. We believe the Blessed Sacrament is truly the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. Everything that is the infinite and eternal Son of God is contained in this Sacrament under the appearance of bread and wine.
This is a tremendous mystery. How can Jesus be there fully? How do the bread and wine change into the body and blood? These are questions we cannot answer fully. The divine action that makes Jesus present is a mystery to us.
This does not mean that we do not know anything about the Eucharist. The Church has rich theological history to draw upon. We may not be able to comprehend the infinite, but we can learn a lot about Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. More importantly, we can grow in our love for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through the Eucharist.
- Master of Jacques de Besançon (French, active about 1480 – 1500), Mass of St Gregory, about 1500, Tempera colors, ink and gold on parchment, Leaf: 13.3 x 8.7 cm (5 1/4 x 3 7/16 in.), The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- Giorgio Vasari II (Italian, 1511-1574) (Artist), The Last Supper, ca. 1545 (Renaissance), Florence, Italy (Place of Origin), Painted surface H: 12 11/16 x W: 31 9/16 x D excluding cradle: 3/8 in. (32.2 x 80.2 x 1 cm)