In the 8th century, a Basilian monk, whilst pronouncing the words of consecration during Mass, was doubting and questioning his priestly power for consecrating bread and wine and changing them into the Body and Blood of Jesus. After pronouncing the words, the consecrated piece of bread turned into flesh and the consecreted wine into blood.
From this Eucharistic miracle, our Lord Jesus wanted to prove to this doubting monk and subsequently to the whole church that He was really present in the consecrated bread and wine, that is, in the Eucharist.
This piece of flesh is still being kept in a monstrance in the Franciscans' Church in Lanciano, Italy until now - already 1200 years old. The blood is kept in a transparent chalice. There is no preservative used to keep them from getting rotten. I have seen this flesh and and blood for myself in 1986 and 1988. All those who went there to see could not help being emotionally moved to realize how much Jesus loves us that He even gives His own Body and Blood to us. How inhuman we can be if we fail to be touched by His love!
In 1971-1972, Professor Linoli, an eminent Professor in Anatomy, Pathological Histology, Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy and Professor Bertelli took a piece of this flesh and blood for analysis. They found the flesh pertaining to human heart with all its essential elements and the blood was human blood; both were of AB type - belonging to the same Jesus.
How inhuman we can be if we fail to be touched by His love! Indeed. If we could be touched by the little things others did for us, then why can't we feel touched by the great things Jesus has done for us? Nothing can keep us away from the love of God, so said the Bible. It is us who keep God away from our love.
A little argument broke out between my Protestant friend and I. She said that the bread and wine is nothing but a mere symbol of Jesus' sacrificial love. I disagreed and told her that the Eucharist in itself, IS Jesus' sacrificial love for us. Is it really that difficult to believe that Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine in the Eucharistic celebration?
It is clearly stated in the bible:"For my flesh is the real food; My blood is the real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him" (John 6:55-56). Notice the reaction of the Jews, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" (John 53-54). If it is only a symbol, Jesus would not have explained and stressed on the importance of eating His flesh and drinking His blood.
I will continue posting another two Eucharistic miracles this week. These miracles prove that Jesus means what He has said.