The teaching of the Real Presence asserts that in the Holy Eucharist Jesus is literally and wholly present—body and blood, soul and divinity—under the appearance of bread and wine. We support this great truth in the Bible where it is directly declared in 1 Cor. 10:16–17, 11:23 –29, and most forcefully in John 6:32–71, as well as in other Scripture passages.
From the very beginning Christianity has believed in the real presence; it is not a representation, nor a sign, but for us it is the same Jesus in a sacramental way, his real body to eat, and real blood to drink which will give us eternal life. We can find many testimonies from the very early Church; for example in the year 110 (A.D), Saint Ignatius of Antioch affirmed, “I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible."
Today we celebrate our faith in the real presence of the Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist, and only by participating in this banquet will we have life in Him.
Today in this divine celebration Jesus is giving himself to us. Let us come in adoration and receive Him with great devotion as if it would be the first and the last in our life.