Watch “The Crucifixion, The Eucharist and the Tamid” on YouTube

Another excellent teaching from a superlative teacher, Dr Brant Pitre, Ph.D.! Here he explores the Old Testament and early Jewish religious practices and shows how the Eucharist is the fulfillment of these. As Jesus himself said, he came not to abolish the Old Testament laws of sacrifice, but to bring these “types” (i.e., predictive signs and symbols) to their fullest meaning and efficacy. The Eucharistic sacrifice is a re-presentation of Jesus’ once and forever sacrifice on Calvary, and not (as some have misunderstood) a “re-sacrificing” of our Lord (see the book of Hebrews!).

I’m posting this today because today is the Roman Catholic liturgical Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. Today we pay homage to our Savior’s great gift to us of the Eucharist, a gift we can unfortunately take for granted. Celebrated at each Mass, it can easily become routine for Catholics. Yet it is, in fact, what drew me to Catholicism, for the more I read and studied, the more strongly I was (reluctantly!) propelled by God’s Spirit to join the Church, which I finally did in 2016.

I know that many of you are not Catholic, and might not understand my including this material in my blog. I can only say that, for me, I came to believe that the Eucharist is Jesus himself, whole and entire: the food of immortality, as Jesus so clearly tells us in the Gospel of John, Chapter 6. I could not escape the plain meaning of his words there! As St Paul warns in 1Corinthians 11:27-30, it is to our detriment if we do not discern and reverence this most precious of all gifts from our loving Savior. I invite you to watch the video with an open mind and heart.

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