Why do we Eat the Body of Christ?
In John 6, we hear one of the most bizarre teachings of the New Testament:
“…I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.
~John 6:48 – 56
Any rational human being would either have to ignore this passage or dismiss Christianity as some barbaric nonsensical religion that is best avoided.
For mystics, neither of these options suffice. Because we have meditation, we know that these more challenging passages require greater effort so that our minds can open and the meaning can be revealed to us. This happens when we are ready.
Jesus often addressed the crowds and Apostles speaking the pure voice of God. He spoke as Christ and not as Jesus the man. When He addresses the crowd in John Chapter 6, He is emphasizing that the Way an individual attains spiritual connection with God is through taking in the Christ essence.
We can do this in meditation using various techniques. However something mystical happens when we ingest this mysterious substance in the more traditional fashion of eating and drinking. We use our flesh bodies to receive something of the Spirit. Much is accomplished by the taking of this Sacrament.
The Priest raises up the paten containing normal pieces of bread and by their Word calls down an instant transmutation so that what was simply bread now takes on a new energetic vibration; the Body of Christ.
There may not be any obvious physical difference however because of the power a Priest has, when they pronounce the blessing, the energetic makeup of the earthly substance takes on the mystical quality of the Christ Presence.
The same occurs when the Priest raises up the chalice which contains red wine. At the end of the verbal blessings, the wine has taken on the mystical quality and become the Blood of Christ. The essence of the liquid has transformed and now contains the mysterious Christ force to the degree that an earthly liquid can hold this charge.
Ok, so why do we ingest these two substances? First off, we are following the direction of the Master Jesus who taught that we are to do this in memory of Him. But let’s go a little deeper.
The Body of Christ is given that we may be forgiven. We are agreeing to the reality that Jesus came and gave everything to complete the Mission that would forgive humanity for it’s acts of selfishness and hatred. He gave his very body to be destroyed as a sacrifice for our redemption. This is why Jesus is also known as the Lamb of God. He was the Pure One sacrificed as an offering to God.
When we kneel and eat the transmuted bread (or the Body of Christ), we are clearly accepting that what we have read in the Gospels is Truth. We accept that Jesus was sent as Messiah and gave His life for us to be saved. You might say that by really surrendering to receive Communion, you accept Jesus as your Savior because once that bread is swallowed, there’s no turning back. It’s a sign of our commitment to the Truth of the Gospels.
The wine is transmuted into the Blood of Christ and when we drink it, it incrementally shifts our consciousness from the worldly mind to the Christ Mind. Without these shifts given by the acceptance of the Christ Essence, our beings will not transform in the way Jesus is saying. This is why he specifies that if you don’t receive the Christ Essence (by ingesting the Body and Blood) you will not have the elevated consciousness known as ‘eternal life’.
Taking Communion twice a year (Christmas and Easter), while better than nothing will not lead to much transformation. Taking Communion several times each week will lead to a gradual shift in consciousness as one’s being receives the forgiveness of God, and accepts the Blood as another symbol of Jesus’ total sacrifice for our liberation.
Weekday Meditation and Communion:
Chicago Center: Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:00 am
generally ends by 6:50 am
Charleston Center: Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30 am (Charleston)
generally ends by 7:15 am
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