The following is solid proof that the Catholic Church has it right when it comes to the Body  and Blood of Jesus.

I have heard it said many times from Protestants and Catholics with weak faith that the sacrifice made on the Catholic Church altar is nothing more than a symbol, it’s not really Jesus on the altar.  Communion is nice but it only represents the body and blood of Jesus.  Well, lets see what Jesus himself has to say about this matter.  Grab your Bibles and follow along with me as we walk through the Gospel of John.

Allow me to set the scene, in John chapter 6, Jesus has just crossed the Sea of Galilee and began to make his way into the mountains as a crowd began to gather around him.

[Let me explain about the crowds, there were three groups of people that make up the crowds gathered there.  First group was the Crowd — these people were just your ordinary people from around the area that may have heard about some guy named Jesus that was doing a really nice job at entertaining those who showed up to see  him.  They were mostly Jewish people from the area that weren’t doing anything anyway and wanted to experience some entertainment for the day so they made their way out to see this stranger coming across the water.  The second group was the Disciples — these people had left behind all they had, their jobs, family, friends and money just to follow Jesus and learn about what he was teaching.  The third group was the Apostles — the closest friends to Jesus, they left everything behind as well, but they lived with Jesus and hung on every word he said, they traveled and ate with Jesus each day.]

As this crowd became larger, Jesus wandered how to feed so many people.  He took 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and fed 5,000 people gathered to see Him.  After dinner was consumed Jesus finishes this busy day with a walk across some water and arrives in another city.

The next day Jesus awakes to find this mob of people beginning to gather around him again.  He knew they weren’t coming to see Him because they believed in Him, they were coming to see Him because they were hungry.  They thought, surely Jesus would feed them again, after all, Jesus said he had food they could eat and never be hungry again.  He begins to speak with the people gathered and this is how it happened.

Verse 35 Jesus speaks to the crowds “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”  Now, in verse 41 the Jews, the Crowd, begins to murmur about what He had said.  In verse 51 Jesus says “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.”  The second half of this same verse is where Jesus lets them have it and gives them the “rest of the story.”  Jesus continues, “and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”  Remember in verse 41 the crowd murmured, now in verse 52 they quarreled amongst themselves.  It appears this argument is escalating, perhaps this crowd may be busting into a brawl.  They begin to ask how can this man give us his flesh to eat?

This crowd, the Jews, are thinking Jesus is speaking literally not symbolically.  In other areas of the Bible as well in the Gospel of  John, Jesus does speak symbolically, for example he says “I am the gate,” “I am the vine, you are the branches,” “I am the good Shepard.”  No one ever argued with Jesus when these words were said.  No one said “you are not a gate, there’s no way you could be a gate.”  Not one person said “Jesus, you don’t look like a tree or any other plant.”  No one argued to Jesus and said “you are not a Shepard, you are a carpenter.”  At this point, the crowd is quarreling about how this man can give us his flesh to eat.

Let’s step back and think about what is going on here.  Remember, Jesus could read the thoughts of others and would generally respond on those thoughts even before they began to speak; after all, He is God.  So if Jesus saw they were getting upset and knew they were taking him literal, why didn’t he stop them and say something along the lines of “whoa, slow down, don’t get all upset, stop your quarreling, I am only talking symbolically.”  But instead of clarifying  his stance, he actually emphasizes it and ramps it up to a whole new level.  

The question in front of Jesus is, “how can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

[Every time Jesus say Amen, Amen, it really means “pay attention, what follows is important. ]

Now Jesus get serious about answering this question, he emphasizes and answers it not once, not twice not even three times but 5 times He answers this question.  Verse 53 he emphasizes for the first time  “Amen, amen I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.”  The second time, he says “Whoever eats my flesh and dinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.”  Again, number three “For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”  Jesus again for the fourth time says, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.  Now for the fifth and final time Jesus emphasizes his stance by saying,  “Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.”

So when the Jews think Jesus is speaking literally, He never denies or tries to clarify, he actually ratifies and emphasizes his stance by driving it home 5 times.

He then turns to the second group of people, the Disciples, and they too had a difficult time with what Jesus was saying.  Verse 60 “This saying is hard, who can accept this?”

Is a symbolical statement hard to accept?  No, it’s not.  A literal question is really hard to accept.

In verse 61, Jesus ask his Disciples, “Does this shock you?” (if Jesus was speaking symbolically, he would not have asked this question).

After Christ explained and emphasized 5 times that you must eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, many turned from Christ and walked away, returning to their former way of life.  This all happens in John 6:66.  The only verse in the entire Bible that someone leaves Jesus over one of His teachings.  The Eucharist.  The teaching was the Eucharist.

Imagine the scene, the crowd is leaving by the thousands while quarreling, and now, some of His closest friends, the Disciples are leaving, Jesus turns to the Apostol’s and asks “Do you also want to leave?”  He never begged anyone to stay, nor did He run after them to explain that He was only speaking symbolically.  He stood His ground and held true to being literal.

Jesus watched as most people walked away in disbelief and upset because they couldn’t believe the words form the lips of Jesus.  He allowed them all to leave, He couldn’t change this important teaching about the Eucharist.

So, no it’s not just a symbol or symbolic.  It is our Lord Jesus on the altar, it’s called the Eucharist.  If you walk away from Jesus, there is no Eucharist.  No Eucharist, no Jesus.  I hear many excuses like “the Priest at my Catholic Church is so boring and at the church down the street is so exciting.”  No Eucharist, no Jesus.  “The church down the street is so exciting, the music is amazing”  No Eucharist, no Jesus.  There is only one place to find the Eucharist, the one true Catholic and apostolic Catholic Church.

 

What are your thoughts on this post about the Eucharist?

10 thoughts on “The Eucharist

  1. I am not one for making any point on religion generally but you do make a good argument with this article. I am baptised as a catholic but totally non practising as my Father without explanation became Athiest not long after my baptism. My siblings were never baptised in any faith so Religion has played a rather confusing role in my life.
    My one concern with all Religion is that it is left open to any interpretation depending on the mindset of an individual. Stronger personalities will impose their interpretation on others. The written word in any Religion today is not necessarily the same written word as it was originally as so many people throughout history have re written and translated it.
    While you make a strong argument and I respect your strong beliefs, I remain unconvinced that any one religion is the true religion.

    1. Karen, thanks so much for stopping by my site and making a great comment.
      I am very sorry that you have not experienced the truth about faith. I pray that you are called back to the One True Church before it is too late.
      In a nutshell, this is what I have found out about religion. There was a Church set up by Christ himself and was left with the Apostols to grow and nuture this Church. That Church is the Catholic Church, Catholic means universal. For the most part that was the only Christian Church until one man decided he wanted to change things, he did. Luther was the first Protestant that changed the whole idea of Christianity. As you said in your post, “Religion is left open to any interpretaion depending on the mindset of an individual.” Now, since we all can change or make up our own reliegion as Luther has led us to do. That is why there is over 36,000 different Christian religions in the world today.
      Karen, when it comes to the Catholic religion, you as a Catholic are not allowed to change this faith. The Catholic Church is over 2,000 years old and although it has changed over time, it is NOT a faith that you get to change and live the way you want. If you don’t like the Church, then leave, find another that fits your world. That is not the way it is supposed to be but that is the way people today do it. Don’t like the church, just leave and find one that you do like. Not the Catholic way. The Catholic Church has it all figured out. You need to change your life to live like a Catholic. This may not make much sense, I hope it does. The only unchanging faith/religion/teaching is the Catholic Church. Get with a good Catholic Church and begin to learn what the one true Catholic Church teaches.
      God Bless

  2. Hi again Bob. I always feel disheartened by statements such as those made by that kind lady, Karen., who commented on your post. I pray that she would come to faith in Jesus, as I pray so for all people. At is a misunderstanding to think that the bible is open to various interpretations, depending upon one’s own mindset. One’s own mindset, simply determines whether or not one will believe the bible. No one can change the “interpretation” or the truth about what the bible says. All we have the choice to do, is to believe it, or not to believe it.

    It is true, that people have been “wresting” the scriptures, since the very beginning. The apostle Peter writes about understanding the scriptures, in 2 Peter 3:16; “..in which some things are hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable, distort (or “wrest”) as they do also the rest of the scriptures, to their own destruction.” The point is, we need to be taught the meaning of some of the more hard to understand verses of scripture. Most verse however, are quite self-explanatory, if we would simply believe them.

    I would like to comment specifically on this post concerning the Eucharist, however please allow me a few minutes to get some references ready. This is an interesting and important subject and I will be back with you on this very shortly. Thanks.. Jim

    1. Thanks for the comments Jim, I sure do appreciate it.
      I would love to see your comments on any post that I have here on How Catholics Live.
      Please remember the post I have made is the stance of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has had around 2,000 years of experience in this matter and I will stand with Her every time. It is Catholic teaching that our Church was set up and established by Jesus himself, that Peter was the first pope. The first split of the Catholic Church was with the Orthodox Church, then the next was with Luther, the first Protestant. After that, ALL churches since have been set up or established by a man, not God-man, not Jesus, not God. Just a simple man like you and me. I cannot follow some guy that comes up with his own brand of religion. That has happened almost 40,000 times. How do you decide who is right and who is wrong? What man do you follow, lots to choose from.
      Anyway, I will get off my horse. The Catholic Church and her teachings is correct. When I wrote about the Eucharist, I kept it based on the Bible and gave many references that prove all that I said.
      Come back at any time, Jim.
      Thanks and God Bless.

      After writing this and thinking about it for a few minutes, I decided to add something else.
      I just want to simplify what I tried to say above. The Catholic Church is the ONLY Church established by Christ himself. Period.
      All other religions are set up or established by some man, not Christ. Therefore, it is really hard for any non-Catholic man to establish creditability with a Catholic. As Catholic, I am Blessed to have the Church to teach me what the truth is, I don’t have to interpret the truth on my own. It is truly a Blessing. I should write a post about how Blessed the Catholic person in to have the teachings of the one and only true teachings of Christ. Does that make sense?
      Thanks, Jim
      God Bless

  3. While being raised up Roman Catholic This is a very interesting portion of the bible that had always intrigued me. What a time to have been alive!!!! Walking with Jesus and watching him perform all these miracles!! And I think this story here, may be one of the best in the whole bible. Feeding 5000 with 2 loaves of bread and 2 fish!!! Its sad how many depart and never return. Thanks for the extremely interesting post!!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Mike.

      Yes, this is an interesting part of the Bible.  I think this story is proof that the Eucharist is everything the Catholic Church teaches.  It is the real Blood and Body of Christ. 

      Thanks for the comment and please come back anytime.

      Bob

  4. Hi Bob. Just very quickly, what exactly do you mean by the phrase, “No Eucharist, No Jesus”? Do you mean that if you do not partake of the Eucharist, then you do not have Jesus as a blessing? Or do you mean that if a person doesn’t believe that the bread and wine are the literal body and blood of Jesus, then you don’t have faith in Jesus? What exactly does that phrase meant to you?

    1. The Bible is very clear as I outlined in “The Eucharist.” The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus, just as he says in the Bible. If you believe otherwise then you are not receiving Jesus as he said to do. You have walked away and left him alone as did the crowds and disciples in the Bible. No Eucharist, no Jesus. You must receive Jesus as He stated, if you are not, then you have not received the one true Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ.
      This does not mean you don’t believe in Jesus as you stated, just means you have not received Him as He instructed you to.
      Jim, bear with me for a minute. Just imagine that Jesus said literaly as He did say in the Bible, and you attended a Mass with me where He actually is present. What would you do? Fall on your face? Would you be able to speak at all? Could you move? That is how I feel at Mass. Just imagine.
      So, yes, no Eucharist, no Jesus. You can still believe in something other than what the Bible actually says if you want and you can follow some man that started or founded your church, maybe that was you, but for me, I will follow the God-man that started my Church and told me to partake of His Body and Blood.
      What is it that you see different in the Bible about what Jesus actually said that makes you think it is only a symbol?

  5. Thanks Bob for your thoughts. I like to take things one step at a time. It avoids so much confusion. Therefore, first let me ask; Where does it say in the bible, that the bread and wine is the “soul and divinity” of Jesus? Obviously we can all see clearly that Jesus said “This is My body”, and This is My blood”, but I don’t find where He said that it’s His soul, or His divinity. Am I correct in assuming that you see the bread and wine as His physical body and blood, and not as some kind of “spiritual” body and blood?

    And just so that you know, I do not belong to a denomination. I’m simply a member of the Lord’s congregation, the body of Christ. I’ve done exactly the same things that the people did on the day of Pentecost, when they had their sins forgiven and when God added them to His “body of the called out”. God condemns denominating ourselves. (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

    1. Thanks Jim for another comment.
      Again, let’s first establish something about the Catholic Church. It is the ONLY Church established or founded by Christ himself. The Catholic Church is centered on Jesus, or the Eucharist. Your church is Bible based and it is left up to you and your interpretation of that Bible.
      As I said before and I will say it again, “The Catholic Faith is like a lion in a cage, you don’t need to defend it, you simply need to open the cage door.”

      I love that saying. I think you can figure out it’s meaning.
      Thanks Jim.
      I know this isn’t the best answer to your question but I am tired. I am wore out with letting this lion out of the cage. It is now your turn to defend why your beliefs don’t live up to the one true Catholic Church.
      Thanks Jim

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