A Miracle

Faith is a gift from God and the priest was beginning to think he’d misplaced it.  Even his belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist was wavering.  For a Catholic, believing Jesus’ own words about His Body and Blood is foundational to being a Christian.  Now he found himself in the middle of a Sunday Mass, full of doubt.  He prayed the words of consecration—Jesus’ own words—and held the Host and the cup aloft in front of the people.  As he did so, he couldn’t believe what his eyes were seeing.  He began to tremble and shake and his congregation ran forward from the pews to get a better look.  When they did, they fell on their knees, praising God.  What the priest now held was a piece of flesh in one hand and a cup of blood in the other!  As if to answer the priest’s doubts, God had given him a very real confirmation of the Eucharist.
 
You can visit this church today and see the flesh and the blood for yourself in Lanciano, Italy.  The Miracle of Lanciano occured in the 8th century and has undergone numerous comprehensive scientific examinations since that time.  The Catholic Church is very reluctant to call anything a miracle, but Lanciano passes the test.  The latest exams were done by scientists from the University of Siena in 1981.  They determined that the flesh and blood are human.  No preservatives were detected.  The flesh is cardiac tissue–heart muscle–from the left ventricle.  The blood is coagulated into 5 globules and is AB positive.  This is the same blood type which scientists found on the Shroud of Turin when it was examined in 1978.  Many Catholics believe the Shroud is the burial wrap of Jesus.
 
Do we need miracles like Lanciano to believe in the Eucharist?  Of course not.  Like the doubting priest, we know that faith is a gift from God.  In fact, what happened that day in Lanciano happens at every Mass every day, all over the world.  The bread and the wine become His Body and Blood.  Thank about this:  each day approximately 350,000 Masses are celebrated in every country, on every continent, from the North Pole to the South Pole.  That means that 4 priests are praying Jesus’ words of consecration every second of every day.  “Do this in memory of Me” (Luke 22:19).  As miraculous as 1200 year-old blood and cardiac tissue is, every Mass is just as much a miracle.  God doesn’t want to make it hard for us to believe in His love for us.  He craves for us to know Him.  Occasionally, he allows our doubting hearts and minds to glimpse His miraculous loving power, like at Lanciano.  But we mustn’t allow ourselves to lose sight of the “ordinary” miracles He gives us.  If you have doubts today, pray about them.  Talk to God and ask Him to help you.  Read the Gospels every day, even just a few paragraphs.  These are Jesus’ own words about Himself and His love for you.  If you don’t know where to start, read the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel.  Let Jesus Himself explain the miracle of the Eucharist to you.
 
“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you have no life in you; he who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life.”  Gospel of John, 6:5
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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. john baines
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 20:10:56

    Also did you know? (Probably) if you weigh the 5 pellets of blood they all weigh the same. If you put them all on the scales they weigh the same as one,two,three,ect ect! always the same weight no matter how many are on the scales as part of the miracle Also St Longinus,the centurian that pierced Jesus side was from LANCEiano! Yours kecheritomne (on twitter)

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    • tiberjudy
      Feb 05, 2012 @ 21:39:01

      Yes! I did know about the weight of the globules. What an amazing God we worship! And the LANCE of Lanciano, as well. I didn’t include those details in the post since I write for a secular newspaper. How wonderful and rich is our faith and I love the stories of the Eucharistic miracles especially. Thank you for your faithful support on twitter and the posts you share which never fail to inspire me. I feel blessed for your media friendship. God keep you and yours close to His Heart always. j

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  2. john baines
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 23:36:34

    I’m a big fan of miracles the greatest miracle for me being conversion a bit like Transubstantiation or is it the same? Grapes fermented to wine,sinner converting to God. Bread and wine Transubstanted in to Jesus,sinner made Saint. I know I’m probably not spot on? But you can see what I mean? Its a good thought that were all fermenting : )

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