The Mystery of Eating Jesus’ Flesh


It was one of the hardest teachings in Jesus’ time. So hard it caused many of his followers to leave Him. And so it remains today. Despite the ultimate intimacy with God it allows and despite the fact that even the very first Christians centered their lives and worship around it, many Christians still struggle with this hard teaching. Fr. Barron puts it into some context and helps explain:

This exclusive clip is from Episode 7 of CATHOLICISM, which is entitled Bread of Heaven – The Mystery of the Church’s Sacrament and Worship.

Father Barron explores the ancient practices of the Church’s worship that endure to this very day, and the notion that “all value is summed up in the liturgy, the supreme act by which we commune with God.

Considered by the Catholic Faith to be “the source and summit” of its identity and mission, the Eucharist is the central practice of the Church’s culture. Father Barron describes all the parts of the Mass, and shows how the Sacred Liturgy embodies the whole of the Faith in diverse places as Jerusalem, Rome, Chicago, Orvieto, Mexico City.

View exclusive previews of all clips from the CATHOLICISM series coming out in Fall 2011.

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Katherine July 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

Wow. I don’t honor Him enough. I don’t treat the Eucharist with the reverence it deserves.

Matt F July 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I don’t think we can assume to that we will ever conquer the mysteries of Christianity. But that’s not what it’s about, we don’t have to have the omniscient viewpoint that God alone possesses. This mystery has been captivated well in beautiful art forms, such as Mozart’s “Ave verum corpus”. One of my favorite compositions. Haunting and mysterious and beautiful.

Angela Santana July 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Thank you for sharing this, Matt (and Fr. Rob). I have had the privilege of standing in the 4th century synagogue where Fr. Rob stands there…on that blessed site where Jesus preached my favorite Scripture passage, John 6. Shortly before I walked through those ruins, I had received Holy Communion at the church built over the house of St. Peter. At the time, looking out to the Sea of Galilee from those places, I felt like the next-best place would be Heaven.

If you ever get the chance to go anywhere abroad, go to the Holy Land!!

GADEL August 9, 2011 at 7:30 am

I am the bread of life. ~Jesus Christ

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