If you have seen the recent Pew study on the Eucharist, you were likely pretty shocked if you haven’t get ready. According to a recent Pew study, 70% of the Catholics polled did not believe in the Real Presence. Shocking right? What can we attribute to this? One thing I think is a definite possibility is poor catechesis. One of the first things that came to my mind was I wished someone would produce a book that would be approachable for most Catholics and yet powerful at the same time. There have been plenty of books on the subject, but we needed something fresh. Mike Aquilina has produced that book and he looks into the Old Testament of Malachi. The Eucharist Foretold: The Lost Prophecy of Malachi dives deep into what Malachi foresaw, and what he saw was a burning love for the Eucharist.
One verse in particular leaps from the pages of Malachi as well it should. We hear it often during Mass, and that is Malachi 1:11.
From the rising of the sun to its setting, my name is great among the nations; Incense offerings are made to my name everywhere, and a pure offering; For my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.
As Mike details throughout the book, the early Christians lived by these words. They died by them too. They knew the power of the Eucharist, and they came to see that Malachi prophesied of this communal covenant all those years ago. Jesus himself even pointed back to the words of Malachi.
Mike leads the book off with a bang as he takes readers on a globe-trotting jaunt around the world. Starting with the rising of the sun in Kiribati, to Manila, onward to Kerala, next to Jerusalem, then Rome, Nigeria next, across the Atlantic to Brazil, followed by Pittsburgh, until finally, the sun sets on another day in Polynesia. What do each of these stops hold in common? You guessed it — the prophecy of Malachi, the sacrifice of the Mass, the common thread that binds us all.
Mike wrote the book out of a sense of curiosity after taking note that many Church Fathers would point back to the book of Malachi. He shares many of those insights in this book. Readers will learn about Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho, a fictional debate Justin wrote between himself and a Jew. The Didache is covered, and if you’ve never experienced this early Christian instruction manual, you are missing out. Ignatius of Antioch, Eusebius, John Chrysostom, Augustine, and more fill the pages of this book with their wisdom and witness to the Eucharist.
Want to fix the results of the pew study? Live your faith. Wear it on your sleeve like a badge of honor. Get this book and learn to grow in love of the Eucharist like your Christian ancestors did. Gain an appreciation of the book of Malachi and apply the wisdom of this biblical prophet to your faith journey.