Jesus established that close relation between His Sacrament and His death, in order to repeat to us incessantly what ought to be the effects of the Eucharist in us.
The first is, to make us die to sin and to our evil inclinations. The second is, to make us die to the world, and to crucify us with Jesus Christ, according to this word of St. Paul. The third is, to make us die to ourselves, to our tastes, to our desires, to our senses, in order to clothe us with Jesus Christ in such a way that He may live in us, and that we may be His members docile to His will. It is, lastly, that we may participate in His glorious Resurrection. Jesus Christ sows Himself in us. The Holy Spirit will vivify that Germ, and by It give us new life, but a life glorious and unending.
Such are some of the reasons that led Jesus Christ to surround with the insignia of death this Sacrament of life, this Sacrament in which His love triumphs. He wishes to put constantly under our eyes what we have cost Him, and what we ought to do to correspond to His love. "O Lord!" let us say to Him with the Church, "Thou who hast left us in Thy admirable Sacrament so lively a remembrance of Thy Passion, grant that we treat the Sacred Mystery of Thy Body and Blood with such respect as to deserve to experience constantly in ourselves the fruits of Thy Redemption!"