We read in the 6th Chapter of Isiah “Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.”
The Eucharist is this Burning Coal. St Ephrem writes: ‘He who eats the Eucharist with Faith, eats Fire and the Holy Spirit,”
Daniel Keating in his book, ‘Deification and Grace’ writes,” John of Damascus describes the body of Christ as ‘deified’ itself, communicating to us in the Eucharist, like a burning coal, the divine fire and life-and all this because of the life-giving power of the Spirit:
‘The bread and the wine are not merely figures of the body and blood of Christ but the defied body of the Lord itself…And let us apply our eyes and lips and brows and partake of the divine coal, in order that the fire of the longing that is in us, with the additional heat derived from the coal may utterly consume our sins and illumine our hearts, and that we may be inflamed and deified by the participation in the divine fire…For the Lord’s flesh is life-giving spirit because it was conceived of the life-giving Spirit. For what is born of the Spirit is spirit. But I do not say this to take away the nature of the body, but I wish to make clear its life-giving and divine power.’
St Thomas Aquinas wrote these beautiful words about the Eucharist “O precious and wonderful banquet, that brings us salvation and contain all sweetness! Could anything be of more intrinsic value? Under the old law it was the flesh of calves and goats that was offered, but here Christ himself, the true God, is set before us as our food. What could be more wonderful than this? No other sacrament has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift.”
Today when I was giving communion to people at the hospital. I prayed words like this.
Jesus truly present in the Blessed Eucharist
Touch every sick cell in this person
Touch every illness in this person
As the body digests the Eucharist may the Body Blood Soul and Divinity strengthen every good cell and organ
May you….experience the Healing Power of the Eucharist Today.
St Thomas did teach us “No other sacrament has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift.”
Francis Xavier Nguyen, who was in his beautiful book ‘Testimony to Hope’ write “So, for many years I was nourished with the bread of life and the chalice of salvation. We know that the sacramental aspect of the food that nourishes and the drink that fortifies suggests the life that Christ gives us and the transformation he accomplishes. ‘The true effect of the Eucharist is the transformation of man in Christ.’ affirms the Fathers. Leo the Great says: ‘The participation in the body and blood of Christ does nothing other than change us into what we receive.’ Augustine gives voice to Jesus with this phrase: ‘You will not change me into yourself, as you do with bodily food, but you will be transformed into me.’ Through the Eucharist we become, as Cyril of Jerusalem says: ‘one flesh and one blood with Christ.’ Jesus live in us and we live in him in a kind of ‘symbiosis’ and mutual indwelling. He lives in me, remains in me, acts through me.”