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Weekly Paragraphs for the Holy Sacrament
By Austin Farrer
Dacre Press, Westminster
LENT vi 

AFTER Jesus had died on the cross, his disciples hoped to keep his body with them as a sacred relic.  They shut it in with stone, they came to embalm it.  St. Magdalen was disconsolate that she could not find it.  But Jesus had given his body to them at the Supper in the form in which he meant them to have it, a form which did not inolve its being stored on earth.  He would continually give it them from heaven, where he lives.  It is a heavenly being he bestows on us, it is in his heavenly body that he unites us.  Lift up your hearts; by this sacrament you are parts of Christ, and Christ is the heart of heaven.