22: Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Eucharist - The Roman Catholic Diocese of  Phoenix

By Fr John Keane

Very early every Wednesday morning while I worked as a missionary in Ecuador, I used to take very sick people to the hospital in Guayaquil, about a two hour journey.  Over a hundred people would turn up looking to come to the hospital, and I would take over twenty who would stand at the back of the jeep.

One Wednesday morning when I was alone with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in adoration, the Lord told me not to go to take the people to the hospital today, but to bring them into His presence in Eucharistic Adoration, and allow Him to touch and heal them.

In obedience I did what Jesus asked, so when they arrived I told them we will not be going to the hospital today.  They were very disappointed.  I told them that Jesus wanted us to come in Eucharistic adoration and pray with all our hearts that His healing power would come upon us. 

There was a very deep faith in the chapel that morning as the dawn began to break through.  People who had cancer, leukemia, tumours, heart disease, depression, pain and many illnesses were healed through the life-giving presence in the Eucharist.  We were praying with expectant faith for over three hours, and we saw a full tsunami of the healing anointing of Jesus flowing freely.  I will never ever forget that morning, as the Lord, truly present in the Eucharist, showed His mighty power. 

We truly believe as Catholics that Jesus is alive in person in the Eucharist, as truly present as when He walked the roads of our earth two thousand years ago.  The awesome power of Jesus in the Eucharist is beyond description.  He releases His healing touch on all who are emotionally scarred, on all who are crushed and broken, on all who have lost heart and lost hope, on all who are physically ill and in pain.  As we come before Jesus in the Eucharist, let us come with a sure belief that the wonders He did two thousand years ago, He is doing today.

Let us believe that the impossible is possible for the Eucharistic Jesus.  We remember His words in Matthew 7:7 “Ask and you will receive.”  Let us come with faith and bow down before His life-giving power in the Eucharist.