One of the places we visited yesterday was a Church built on top of a hill, the Church of Santa Maria A Real Do Cebreiro.
Back in the 14th century while the Parish Priest was celebrating Mass in the Santuario de Santa Maria with very few people due to a very heavy snowfall, a man walked into the church during the middle of the Mass. He was obviously a very pious man to have walked in the middle of such a snow storm. A bit irritated by this, the Parish Priest asked the gentleman, “Why did you come all the way here in the middle of the snow storm? For this piece of bread?”
It was right at that moment that the Eucharistic Miracle occurred.
The Bread and the Wine, already having been consecrated, turned into real flesh and blood.
The Priest fainted upon seeing the miracle.
Still today the Bishop showcases the Eucharistic Miracle in the reliquary, so that people for generations to come, can witness to what the Eucharist is – The Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus.
Must we require a miracle to believe in the Eucharist? Do we not remember Jesus saying to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not yet seen but believe!”
We do not need miracles to believe; Jesus shouldn’t have to prove Himself or His love for us through miracles. He has already done that, when He was nailed on the Cross and offered His life…for us!