In his reflection for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Tony Crescio examines Jesus’ teaching in the Bread of Life Discourse in light of the manna provided by God for the People of Israel in the Book of Exodus. This reading makes two things clear. First, the Eucharist is indeed the new manna, and second, the effect Jesus says the Eucharist has upon the one who receives it leaves no room for doubt concerning the reality of His Presence within this most central sacrament of the Church’s life.
Reading 1: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Reading 2: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Gospel: John 6:51-58
Tony Crescio is the founder of FRESHImage Ministries. He holds an MTS from the University of Notre Dame and is currently a PhD candidate in Christian Theology at Saint Louis University. His research focuses on the intersection between moral and sacramental theology. His dissertation is entitled, Presencing the Divine: Augustine, the Eucharist and the Ethics of Exemplarity.
Tony’s academic publications can be found here.