The Real Presence of Christ In the Eucharist: Why Isn’t It More Obvious?

Why Does Jesus Come to us in the form of Bread and Wine?

During this remarkable year of the National Eucharistic Revival, we have been sharing important insights into the Church’s teachings about Transubstantiation – the truth that at the Consecration of the Mass, the ordinary bread and wine we can see and taste is miraculously transformed into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. The first two such insights were videos (one by Bishop Robert Barron and the second by Father Mike Schmitz). Both were a bit lengthy, but, oh-so rich in content.

Recently, in the Gospel for the Feast of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9), we are told Saint Peter began to see that Jesus was no ordinary teacher. He began to see that Jesus was the Lord…and what he saw filled his heart with joy. So, Peter said, “Lord, it is good that we are here” (17:4). By extension, in the Holy Eucharist, it is good for each of us to be with the Lord! It is what we were created for. Whether we realize it or not, our hearts yearn for God and an awareness of His presence. He is our greatest good and He longs to reveal His goodness to us even more than we long to know Him. That is why He took on flesh and became a man. That is why He poured out His Holy Spirit. And that is why He is truly and fully present in the Eucharist at every Mass. Jesus wants to give you a glimpse of His glory.

The video (link below) is relatively short, less than 8 minutes, but it reveals truths and insights that will likely surprise even those of you who are believers in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Take a few minutes, quiet your heart, and listen. For those who are nonbelievers or who may be skeptics, you might find these few minutes eternally useful.