August 24

Why did Our Blessed Lord use bread and wine as the elements of this Memorial? First, no two substances in nature better symbolize unity than bread and wine. As bread is made from a multiplicity of wheat grains, and wine is made from a multiplicity of grapes, the many who believe are one in Christ. Second, no two substances in nature have to suffer more to become what they are than bread and win. Wheat has to pass through the rigors of winter but ground beneath a mill’s Calvary and then be subjected to purging fire before it can become bread. Grapes, in their turn, must be subjected to the Gethsemane of a wine press and have their life crushed from them to become wine. Thus, do they symbolize the Passion and Sufferings of Christ, and the condition of Salvation, for Our Lord said unless we die to ourselves, we cannot live in him?

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