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“Why has our Lord willed to establish so close a relation between the Sacrament of the Eucharist and His death?
It was, in the first place, to remind us of the price His Sacrament cost Him.
The Eucharist, in fact, is the fruit of the death of Jesus.
The Eucharist is a testimony, a legacy, which becomes valid only at the death of the testator. To give His testament legal force, Jesus had then to die. Every time we come into the presence of the Eucharist we may therefore say: ‘This precious testament cost Jesus Christ His life; He thereby shows us His boundless love, for He Himself said there is no greater proof of love than to lay one’s life for one’s friends’.
Jesus gave me the greatest proof of His love when He went to His death in order to make the Eucharist possible and give it to me. How many think of this price paid for the Eucharist? And yet Jesus is there to remind us of it. But like unnatural children, we are bent only on using and enjoying our riches without ever thinking of the One Who acquired them for us at the cost of His life.
(St. Peter Julian Eymard from The Real Presence)