WHAT is consecration? The Word of God seizes upon
some grains of baked flour and some drops of wine, sets them apart from
other physical things, and fixes them in a new and holy use. It happened
when Jesus blessed bread and wine at the Last Supper: it has happened in
every eucharist since. Something resembling it, though on the natural
plane, happened when each of you was conceived in his mother's womb.
Creative power seized suddenly upon a few elements among thousands, and
fixed them in a new and vital being out of which you have come. The
natural and the supernatural joined, when Christ was conceived in Mary
by the Holy Ghost. The mystery is continued and extended in this
holy sacrament. Bread and wine are made the body and blood of Christ;
men, sluggish and blind as we, are seized by the creative Word, and confirmed
in our heavenly being, as living parts of Christ.