ABOUT the BOOK
For many Catholics today, the Eucharist is merely a symbol of Christ, and the Mass is merely a collectivity of like-minded individuals gathering to remember his life. But the truth of what is made present on the altar, and what the faithful dare to receive into their bodies and souls, is far more strange and beautiful.
In this engaging theological treatise, Bishop Robert Barron offers a reintroduction to the ancient meaning and power of the Eucharist. Through a threefold analysis of the Eucharist as sacred meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence—distinct but tightly interwoven motifs grounded in Scripture—Bishop Barron draws readers into the profound truth flowing out of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper: “Take, eat; this is my body. . . . Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant.” We are not merely invited to remember Jesus or imitate his moral example; we are invited to the grace of communion—and ultimately, to the realm of God—by eating and drinking the very self that he offers in sacrifice.
- New and beautifully designed second edition
- Includes all new notes
- Includes new bibliography and index
Publisher: Word on Fire Institute
Release Date: July 20, 2021
Format: Hardcover, cloth with dust jacket
Pages: 136 pages
ABOUT the AUTHOR
BISHOP ROBERT BARRON is Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. He received a master’s degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.
Bishop Barron was ordained a priest in 1986 in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and then appointed to the theological faculty of Mundelein Seminary in 1992. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican.
He served as the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary / University of St. Mary of the Lake from 2012 until 2015. On July 21, 2015, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Barron to be Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was ordained bishop on September 8, 2015.
“The sacrificed Christ makes the messianic banquet possible—and it is at that banquet that we feast on his Flesh, which is real food, and on his Blood, which is real drink.”
— Bishop Robert Barron
TABLE of CONTENTS
Introduction - Babette's Feast
Chapter 1 - The Eucharist as Sacred Meal
Chapter 2 - The Eucharist as Sacrifice
Chapter 3 - “If It's a Symbol, to Hell with It”
Epilogue - The Emmaus Supper
The Eucharist as Sacred Meal
The Eucharist as Sacrifice
“If It's a Symbol, to Hell with It”
The Emmaus Supper