Codex Per·Fidem - Your Body and Blood

Your Body and Blood
a meditation on the Holy Sacrament

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”
Matthew 26:26-28

O Lord God, I marvel at your Sacrament.

Your body was broken and torn, and is now brought to me for my benefit. And though I am not worthy to sit at your table, you call me. I have nothing to offer that can match your sacrifice. There is no gift I can bring. And yet, I am brought to your table to share in your supper.

I have not even the will nor strength to carry myself, but you lift me up with your grace. All the good I have to offer was first given to me through your grace. My Lord, I would be nothing, except you made me your child. And now, despite all my weaknesses, my inadequacies, and my sin, you give me a most precious gift: your body. I have not even the words to offer thanks, only tears and joy.

O Lord God, I marvel at your Sacrament.

Your body was pierced, and your blood poured out upon the dirt. Now it daily washes the dirt of my sin away. I am washed clean in your blood, and the stain of sin is gone. Lord, I may never understand how your love could be so great, but I pray that I shall be thankful.

You first turned water into wine, and now you turn wine into the promise of salvation. It is a mystery filled by the fountain of your grace. This small cup fills my soul. What can a man do in the face of such mercy but kneel and weep? All words are silenced by the quiet power of your grace.

O Lord God, I marvel at your Sacrament.

It is your Word that turns this wine and this bread into the power of salvation. By your Word, you created light. Your Word, spoken through the Prophets, declared salvation to the world. When your Word was made flesh you held up the bread and said, “This is my body.” And you held up the wine and said, “This is my blood.”

Certainly, Lord, your Word has power. By your Word you declare that this bread and this wine are your body and blood with the power to forgive sins for those who repent.

O Lord God, I marvel at your Sacrament.

Lord, I pray that I may take this gift worthily. I pray that through it you strengthen my faith, that you grant me wisdom, understanding, and courage so that I may declare your works to the world with boldness. I pray that my faith is strengthened and that I do not doubt your Word.

Lord, I know that as great as your Sacrament is, it is only a foretaste of the feast to come. Lord, I pray that you remember me and invite me to the marriage feast in your Kingdom. For my soul yearns to be free of this filthy body. Until that great day, I am a pilgrim walking through the desert, sustained by your grace alone.



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