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No Greater Gift

A church in Cologne, Germany has a beautiful door containing four panels. The first panel depicts six water jugs, symbols of the miracle of Cana, when Jesus changed water into wine. The second panel shows five loaves and two fish, symbols of the miracle near Capernaum where Jesus multiplied bread and fish to feed the five thousand hungry men and women. The third panel shows thirteen people at a table, symbolizing the Last Supper where Jesus gave bread and wine to his apostles saying, “This is my body. Do this in memory of me.” The fourth panel shows three people around a table, representing Jesus and the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus when they recognized Him in the breaking of the bread. The door is a beautiful summary of the key teachings of the New Testament concerning the Eucharist. It was prefigured at Cana, promised at Capernaum, instituted at Jerusalem and celebrated at Emmaus. And according to the command of the Lord it has been celebrated ever since down through the ages to our own day. On this Feast of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord, we rejoice in this great gift where Christ gives Himself to us to unite us to Himself and build us up in His love. He reminds us that we who eat His

body and drink His blood abide in Him and He will raise up. There can be no greater gift than that. His life shared with us in the Eucharist leading to life everlasting.


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