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Trying to wrap my mind around the hard words: “Eat my body and drink my blood” (John 6:30 NAB) was impossible; to believe it was ludicrous.

Human sacrifice, to please the “gods” or ask them for personal needs, sometimes through bartering, is all too common in history.  Just google ‘human sacrifice’ and you will begin to get the idea. History has a story to tell about who we are – – – a motley crew!  Today we still do human sacrifice, but it is sometimes sophisticated and blind.  There must be something in us that requires ‘blood’ to appease the gods, or maybe the gods require it.

Those thoughts lead me to Jewish history where their God required no human sacrifice to make things right with him.  In the Jewish Temple bullocks were offered as sacrifice until the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.

If you study the connection between Judaism and Christianity you discover that God decides to send his son Jesus, a Jew, to earth as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins and to meet our personal needs and desires that would be best for us.  We are talking human sacrificial blood not animals.

When I became a Christian, reading John 6:54-56 was the wildest statement I had ever read:

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life – – – for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.”

You receive Jesus through eating bread and drinking wine?

In the Catholic Church, Jesus, through the words of the priest and the power of the Holy Spirit, turns the bread and wine into the body and blood of himself; another incredible statement.

How can I wrap my brain around that phenomenon?  In reality, I can’t; a miracle of faith is needed.

For me that faith came when one morning I woke up out of a dead sleep believing that wild phenomenon. “I believe!  I believe!  I believe that the bread and wine is truly turned into Jesus’ Body and Blood.  Oh, what a gift of faith.”

What a relief it was; not to mention, there no longer need to be bloody sacrifices, human or animal, for Jesus has done it all.  The last bloody sacrifice!