This is my Body; This is my Blood

In the Gospels, Jesus is often shown sitting at table with his disciples, sharing food and conversation and teaching them about the kingdom of God. At the Last Supper, Jesus does something radically new. As he shares the bread and wine with the Twelve Apostles, he tells them: this is my body; this is my blood. By the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the Cross, the new covenant is established between God and humanity, bringing the promise of eternal life. Every time the Church gathers to celebrate the Eucharist, Christ is present among us, as he was present to the Apostles at the Last Supper. The celebration of the Eucharist is the very heart of our life as a church. Our celebration unites us with Christ and with one another, and impels us to go out to the world and share Christ’s love with our neighbours. Today, as we celebrate God’s gift of the Eucharist, we also acknowledge the generous commitment of those who serve our communities as Ministers of Holy Communion.