“We as faithful Catholic take literally what Jesus said.”

Gospel reading for Sunday, August 16, 2015 – John 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowds: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

Jesus said to them, “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. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. 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. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

My God, I believe

Father Rob’s Homily: 2015-08-16 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (14.4M)

“Jesus said, ‘Eat my flesh and drink my blood.’ … There are real consequences to receiving Eucharist … We are living breathing, walking, talking, interacting tabernacles … bringing Jesus out to the world. … Others should see Christ in us. … What kind of tabernacle do you look like?

http://www.stnicholasnp.org/homilies/homilies-2014-2015-cycle-b/

St T of Avila Yours are the hands

The Catholic Catechism: The Sacrament of the Eucharist
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a3.htm

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5 responses to ““We as faithful Catholic take literally what Jesus said.”

  1. Yes. I have been participating in a program called Break Open the Word.

    When reading this text, one can see the vey essence of what we believe, that is transubstantiation.

    The words used by Jesus in this discourse mean to gnaw and to chew. Those present understood him in a very literal sense and thought he was referring to cannibalism. However, the words of Jesus are Spirit.

    At the consecration the words spoken by Jesus at the Last Supper are repeated and at that moment the gifts that have been offered become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. This happens because what is happening at the Mass is a re-creatopm of both the Last Supper ahd the Sacrifice on the Cross.

    John does not directly write about the Last Supper and instead he has this beautiful discourse which is the highlight of our faith that Jesus is the Christ and through Him we have Life… not just in the flesh but in the Spirit because without the Spirit we are dead…

    Hence we start to understand what Jesus means when he says that the flesh is nothing (or words to that effect), Last Tuesday I heard a very good way of explaining this to people who misunderstand what Jesus is saying in this discourse.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I think it is not a re-creation so much as a participation in the eternal reality. Like, if you travel the Eastern Seaboard, stopping at different beaches along the way … each day you may walk along a different beach, but you are getting wet in the same ocean. It’s kind of like that … if you think of Mass as the different, but similar to one another beaches and the Eucharist as the ocean.

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  2. And since the substance of the bread is transformed into the Body of Christ and the form remains bread, it isn’t mistaken for cannibalism.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I often think about how courteous Our Lord is to do this “real flesh that looks and tastes like bread” miracle every day all around the world.

      Cuz … ew … how GROSS if it did look and taste like human flesh!

      Those who doubt the reality of transubstantiation should read up on the Miracle of Lanciano.

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