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God created man in his own image and likeness and wanted to dwell among his people.

Each day, sacrifices had to be offered by Aaron and the other priests in the manner prescribed by God and passed on from generation to generation. This ensured that the Lord would remain present to His people and close enough to smell the aromas generated by the burnt offerings and from the incense that was burned at the altar.

However, God wanted to be even closer and form an intimate relationship with his creatures, so Jesus, Son of God came to dwell among us as one of us, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the fiat of the Virgin Mary.

But, as the Passover feast approaches, Jesus knows that he is about to be betrayed by one of his closest followers, Judas.

Nonetheless, whilst they were at supper Jesus took some bread. Blessed it, broke it into pieces and gave it to His disciples saying:

“Take this and eat it, this is my body.”

After supper he took the cup filled with wine, gave thanks to God for it and gave it to his disciples saying:

“Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood which confirms the covenant between God and His people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.”

With this act at His last supper, Jesus gave us an everlasting memorial, a new covenant in His blood and instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist in which the bread and wine made by human hands become the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ at every Catholic Mass and providing we are free from serious sin, we are invited to receive Him into our own bodies as spiritual nourishment.

Scripture: Exodus 29:1-30:10; Matthew 26:14-46; Psalm 31:19-24; Proverbs 8:14-26

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