Reflection on the Transfiguration and the Eucharist the Medicine of immortality

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” (Mat 17:1-9)

Last Sunday when I was giving out the Eucharist it struck me in a new way that the Eucharist is true medicine. Jesus says, “He who eats my body and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.” The Eucharist is the glorified body of Jesus. When we receive the Eucharist we have eternal life in the present. The eternal life we receive counteracts against the law of decay that is inherent in our fallen nature. St Thomas Aquinas says about the Eucharist, “No other sacrament has greater healing power.”

We read in the catechism, “The Eucharist-‘Pledge of the glory to Come.’…There is no surer pledge or clearer sign of this great hope in the new heavens and new earth ‘in which righteousness dwells.’ than the Eucharist. Every time this mystery of celebrated, ‘the work of our redemption is carried on’ and we’break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus Christ.'”(1405)

Thought for the day: When you receive the Eucharist you are receiving the best medicine for your soul and body.


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