The Lord Jesus, on the night before he suffered on the cross, shared one last meal with his disciples. During this meal our Savior instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages and to entrust to the Church, his Spouse, a memorial of his death and resurrection.
As the Gospel of Matthew tells us: While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)
Recalling these words of Jesus, the Catholic Church professes that, in the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist as spiritual nourishment because he loves us.
Living the abundant life Jesus came to give us, is receiving the Eucharist with the knowing of the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Receive the Eucharist sharing in the gift and the sacrifice made for us. Receive the Eucharist and allow it to lead us to the life God has called us to live. We have the opportunity to receive the Eucharist at daily Mass, take that step to be closer to Jesus.