Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk doubt about Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist.
During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was change d into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing shape and size. The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observe today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin Church; it is light brown and appears rose colored when lighted from the back. The Blood is coagulated and has earthy color resembling the yellow ocher.
Reflection on Jn 6: 51-58
Why settle for junk food when you can have a full nourishing meal with only a little more effort? Why drink instant coffee when you can have a real brewed coffee if only you can wait a while? Why watch a film on TV when you can see it on a wide screen? Why settle on a poor substitute when you can have a real thing?
In the Old Testament, the term “flesh and blood” refers to human life. Thus, to eat Jesus’ flesh and to drink His blood is accept the whole living Jesus. By His “flesh” Jesus means His word. To eat His flesh naturally means to live in His words, and to be nourished and strengthened by them. His blood was offered for forgiveness of sins. To drink His “blood” means to repent and to forgive. Since Jesus assumed unto Himself all human beings- to accept Him, therefore, implies to accept all He assumed. Jesus himself as a good master went to the extent of giving His body and blood to teach us the real dimension of sharing.
The fountain of youth, the Holy Grail, ambrosia and red nectar, the tree of life, etc. – these are just some of literary representations of the basic human quest for lasting happiness, for eternity, for here after and beyond. We do not have to go very far or wait until after death to know what eternal life is all about. The gospel entails us that only Jesus’ body and blood can give us eternal life. Indeed, no miracle is possible for those who refuse to believe.
“Heavenly Father, thank you for the gifts of life and for everything that sustains it. Give us faith that makes us share these gifts joyfully to others”