Do This in Remembrance of Me: Jesus’ Body and Blood as Food
Do This in Remembrance of Me
I wonder why Jesus left us with the command, “Do this in remembrance of me” when he offered his body and blood, symbolized by the bread and wine he passed around his disciples during Last Supper.
Hmmm. I thought this could be something very important that needs further investigation.
Wikipedia Items from Greek Mythology
"Orion is mentioned in the oldest surviving works of Greek literature, which probably date back to the 7th or 8th century BC, but which are the products of an oral tradition with origins several centuries earlier. " -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_(mythology)
(I cite this pondering whether Jesus might have been familiar with Greek mythology, for example about Orion.)
"Orion has also been identified with the Egyptian Pharaoh of the Fifth Dynasty called Unas who, according to the Pyramid Texts, became great by eating the flesh of his mortal enemies and then slaying and devouring the gods themselves. This was based on a belief in contiguous magic whereby consuming the flesh of great people would bring inheritance of their power. After devouring the gods and absorbing their spirits and powers, Unas journeys through the day and night sky to become the star Sabu, or Orion. The Pyramid Texts also show that the dead Pharaoh was identified with the god Osiris, whose form in the stars was often said to be the constellation Orion" -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_(constellation)
“…devouring the gods and absorbing their spirits and powers.”
Having somehow gotten hold of these information, I get the feeling that Jesus wants us to become like him, each time doing things “in remembrance of me.”
Jesus is offering us his body and blood to help us in becoming like him.
How We Can Become Like Jesus
Here is what I thought might be a concise list:
· Following his commandment:
"YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND;
AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." –Luke 10:27
· Prayer and contemplation, which are acts of loving God
· Love and compassion to self and others through acts of service
The Importance of the Contemplative Life
The Wikipedia cited the importance of the contemplative life as such, from St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa Theologica”:
“The contemplative life is greater than the active life, but greater still is the contemplative life that takes action to call others to the contemplative life and give them the fruits of contemplation. (This actually was the lifestyle of the Dominican friars, of which Aquinas was a member.)”
The Importance of the Active Life
St. Thomas Aquinas, in the same book, also cited the advantages in favor of going through an active life. One noteworthy item, if I understood my reading correctly, would be that expending excess energy in physical activities predisposes the body to a more relaxed state, consequently predisposing one to the quiet that contemplation or meditation requires.
Striking the Balance
Who could say whether the monks who spend most of their waking hours in contemplation or the leader who leads an active life in improving the living conditions in his community would be in the best act of service to God?
The yin and yang is a popular Taoist principle that calls for balance in everything we do.
Considering the importance of both a contemplative and active life, for most of us, I believe it would be a matter of striking a balance between the contemplative (God-centered) and the active (engaged in livelihood) life. Most of us have to earn a living to pay our bills. Only a few have what seems like sufficient time for prayer and contemplation.
Who knows? It could be that striking the balance between the two is actually what makes life even more interesting.
I Am Not Worthy to Receive Thee
When receiving the Sacred Host during the sacrament of the Eucharist, we respond with “I am not worthy to receive thee.” Let’s keep that attitude of openness, which we have talked about in previous articles, understanding that God measures us, not in human terms. Our sincerest attempts to follow in Jesus’ footsteps will surely be appreciated and considered worthy.
“Do This In Remembrance of Me”
Jesus, the Son of God, sees us as capable of becoming like him, a god, as it has been written and reiterated. Let’s not miss the opportunity to partake of the mystical union that Jesus has instituted on his final meal with his disciples.
Beyond the grasp of our imagination, we can be endowed with the wisdom, love and power of Jesus.
"He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him"
Sons of God Lyrics
R- Sons of God: Hear His Holy word,
Gather around the table of the Lord
Eat His Body, drink His Blood
And we'll sing a song of love
Allelu, allelu, allelu, alleluia.
1- Brothers, sister we are one,
And our life has just begun,
In the spirit we are young,
We can live forever.
2- Shout together to the Lord
Who has promised our reward,
Happiness a hundred fold
And we'll live forever.
3- Jesus gave a new command:
That we love our fellow man,
Till we reach the promised land
Where we'll live forever.
4- If we want to live with Him,
We must also die with Him,
Die to selfishness and sin
And we'll live forever.
5- Make the world a unity,
Make all men one family,
Till we meet The Trinity
And we'll live forever.
6- With the church we celebrate,
Jesus coming we await,
So we'll make a holiday,
So we'll live forever.