Thousands anxiously seek strange devotions and apparent extraordinary phenomena. But Jesus is really with us. Why don’t we go to Mass every day? Why don’t we make visits to the Blessed Sacrament? It is because we really don’t believe. We believe that God is a distant God. But, he is not distant. He is really with us. Close to the tabernacle a candle burns brightly as a permanent reminder that God is with us. God is truly present and he reveals himself to all those who believe.
When the priest repeats the words that Jesus spoke at the Last Supper, the bread is no longer bread, and the wine is no longer wine. Instead, the entire substance of the bread and the entire substance of the wine have been changed into the substance of The Body and Blood of Christ. The Fathers of the Church give witness to the fact that Jesus did not give us a symbol of himself, but rather he empowered his Church to continue his presence throughout the world.