Jesus in the Eucharist #16 by Deacon Joe Iskra

Jesus’ real and true presence in the Eucharist is at the core of our Catholic Faith. It is this belief that separates our worship from all other Christian and Non-Christian worship services. Whether the choir is great or poor, whether the preaching is inspirational or boring, whether there are a thousand who attend or a mere handful, Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior is present. He invites us to consume His Body and Blood, so that we may be transformed in ambassadors of His love to our families, friends, and all others we may meet.

Proof of this fact has been documented by miraculous events that have taken place throughout the centuries. One such miracle occurred in Florence, Italy in 1230 A.D. A distracted priest left a few drops of the Precious Blood in the chalice after mass. The next day when he returned to celebrate mass in the same church, he found in the chalice drops of living Blood that had coagulated and turned into Flesh. The Blood was then shown to the nuns, the bishop, and to the people of the city, and then placed in a crystal cruet.

The relic of the coagulated Blood has been placed inside a white marble tabernacle and remains available for viewing and adoration.