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Do This in Remembrance of Me: Jesus’ Body and Blood as Food

Updated on August 16, 2015
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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.[17] 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.[16] 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[18], but greater still is the contemplative life that takes action to call others to the contemplative life and give them the fruits of contemplation.[19] (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"

-John 6:56

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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.

(http://st-takla.org/Lyrics-Spiritual-Songs/English-Coptic-Hymns-Texts/4-Christian-n-Gospel-Lyrics-H-I-J/Holy-Communion-Sons-Of-God.html)

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    • Quirinus profile imageAUTHOR

      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 

      6 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      I strongly agree with you, noturningback. There is a lot to learn especially about ourselves from others whose beliefs are the opposite of ours. I would love it to learn to embrace both sides as sages have taught, if that would be humanly possible.

      An additional note, I think we miss out on a lot when we try to work our way through verses literally. We struggle and argue, when seen from this perspective. My take is, verses need to be read from the heart, to obtain the personal message of inspiration that they are meant to give us, from God.

      Best,

      Quirinus

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      noturningback 

      6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      Hello Quirinus, there are so many ways to interpret scripture, you have presented one particular passage and in such a way that deals with it symbolically and not just in a literal sense. Many belevers heckle and are tripped up by mincing of these words so much that it becomes a match to the death, at least in the verbal sense.

      I prefer to digest these scriptures of a particularly difficult to interpret nature and meditate, ask questions and pray that the wisdom to be found in them will not be lost on me.

      Oh, yes sir I believe I stand to learn a great deal from persons such as you and others. I also hope to learn from those I can't agree with, if nothing else at least self-control.

    • Quirinus profile imageAUTHOR

      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 

      6 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Whatever we do, we need to reach out to God in love; to self and neighbors in love and compassion.

      Unfortunately, I may not be in the best position to address your concerns, Clif. Most likely, we will need a panel of theologians and philosophers to address all the points you raised up.

      I can merely respond to you from my individual point of view based on my beliefs and the context of my experience. I can’t claim to be an expert on anything.

      If we feel that Thomas Aquinas’ works are in error, we have the option to reach out in compassion by praying for him. Corollarily, if we feel his views are emancipating, we have the option to pray that others see his point of view, to help in their lives.

      Anything we don’t understand, we usually fear. For example, when in an argument and it seems that our listener’s point of view clashes with ours, we have the urge to be angry. Although it appears as anger, it originates from fear, e.g. of losing control of the situation.

      Once we fear something, we tend to control our fear by putting a label on that which we fear, thinking that by labeling others, we will understand the situation better and feel in better control of it.

      It is our human nature to label or judge, but this is something I myself am trying to overcome since really it is only God who knows what is in a man’s heart, e.g. in Thomas Aquinas’s heart.

      If joy, love and peace are evoked by an experience then maybe we should move toward it and investigate further, to understand how we can assimilate more of it in our life.

      Likewise, if fear is evoked, then we should step back and evaluate where the fear is coming from, as much as possible trying to avoid judging the object of fear. Is there something about our beliefs or image that is being threatened? Then it would be a usual reaction to have fear and the tendency to judge or label.

      However, various Christian denominations have already come together in an ecumenical movement, overcoming the barriers brought about by their varying beliefs and practices. The Eucharist is a concrete example where there is variance in belief. But perhaps the ecumenical movement was an exercise in agreeing on the basics and not labeling/judging each other ‘evil’ because the other is different?

      Basic meditation/contemplation, the simple act of sitting silently watching my breath on each inhale and exhale is a practice I’ve had for years that seems to have worked for me, leading me back from a desert experience of 18 years to become once again an avid follower of Jesus. It gives, as one of its benefits to me, stillness that in turn allows me to receive insights that I exercise for about 21 days, to develop new---joyful, peaceful and loving---habits to replace the old ones.

      I may have been disillusioned by some church leaders but I try to differentiate Jesus’ teaching from his disciple’s way of life. It is very easy to get disillusioned, if we’re not careful. Not only in the priesthood but from people in all walks of life. We need to seek the good intention behind the person’s limitations, as much as humanly possible as we can. Of course, easier said than done.

      I may not make sense, but as mentioned in my other hubs, I try to present the ideas as they come.

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      Clif 

      6 years ago

      Thomas Aquinas was a Catholic Priest, a member of a cult that denies and corrupts the Gospel of Christ, Rome is descended from babylon and babylon from Saten.

      Meditation in basic terms is 'satantic' in many aspects in that it opens the person to 'spiritual influences' and there the danger lies. To many strange ' brought into' spirits in the Church already.

      The Bread and wine were part of a recognised Feast called Passsover. It was a celibration meal. ie FOOD.

      Of interest 4 cups of wine at passover, symbolising, or meaning,

      1. I took you out.

      2. I rescued you

      3.I liberated you

      4.I took you to me for a people.

      So here is the take, what Jesus was saying was when ever you meet and have fellowship in my name, and share a meal together ( in real terms food = LIFE) do this in rememberence of me. A means of celibrating Jesus';s life, Death and resurrection.

      Sadly piddly little acorn cups and wafers do not cut the mustard niether does the Catholic docterine that EVERY TIME the bread and wine are used they transmute? and LITERALY become Christ..

      Is it any co-incidence that many Churches no longer have 'communion' because to do so is to affirm that we are one with Jesus in word, thought, deed and life. I do not think so, what we are witnessing are unbiblical Christian leaderships assimilating to themselves, the power and control of Christ under the guise of their own special ( ha ha ) annointing, thus robbing the congregations, the body of Christ of their identity in Christ and disempowering the body of Christ. That is not of God.

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