Jesus in the Eucharist # 27 by Deacon Joe Iskra

At each and every Catholic mass an incredible and miraculous event takes place. Bread and wine, through the power of the Holy Spirit, become the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Throughout the centuries God has provided strong and undeniable evidence of this tenet of our faith.

One such occurrence took place in Bettbrunn, Germany in 1125 A.D. A pious farmer, because he lived a considerable distance from the nearest church and was not always able to attend mass, stole a Consecrated Host. The farmer took the stick that he always carried with him and made an opening on top, into which he placed the Sacred Host. Every day when the livestock were resting, he stuck the stick in the ground and knelt before the Blessed Sacrament for many hours. One day however, he threw the stick without thinking to prevent some of his herd from straying. The Host fell to the ground, and the farmer, deeply saddened bent down to pick up the Blessed Sacrament. All of his attempts to pick up the Blessed Sacrament failed, as did the attempts of the parish priest. They sent for the Bishop. He too was unable to budge the Sacred Host. Finally, when the Bishop promised that a chapel would be built in honor of the miraculous event, he was able to place it in a ciborium. The precious relic remained in the chapel for adoration until a fire destroyed the chapel and everything in it in 1330 A.D.