A Bit Significant?

3 Apr

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And on the night before he died, he took bread …

(Mt 26:26-30; Mk 14:22-26; Lk 22:14-20)

Truth Cannot Contradict Itself

Do the bread and wine, when consecrated at Mass, truly become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ?

We say “Yes, Amen!” Others deny this as ridiculous—even some who claim to believe in the inerrancy of Scripture.

So, let’s takes a look at the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to John.

Actually, we’ll focus on these verses: Jn 6:47-60, 66-69.

Six times Jesus proclaims and insists that unless we eat his body and drink his blood we cannot have life in us. Six times! Many leave him because “This is a hard saying” and they could not believe their ears.

Jesus asks them and us

Jesus turns to his disciples and challenges them: “Are you, too, going to leave me.”

And is it not at least significant that Peter responded, “Lord, to whom shall we go, you have the words of eternal life?”

It is more than significant. It is divine truth, revealed to us by the Son of God made Man. It is his gift of himself for the faithful of all ages.

What we receive in the Eucharist is not the tortured and dead body of Christ on the cross. We receive him in his glorified body, that body which could walk through doors, suddenly appear on a lake shore, vanish before the eyes of the two men from Emmaus—the body that, in glory, ascended into heaven.

This question of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist culls the flock of the Lord, separates those who believe his words from those who do not.

Check the Scripture for yourself.

And another “significant” fact

In Matthew, Jesus asks the disciples, “And who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They say that the people think he is John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or some other prophet.

Then he asks them, “But who do you say that I am?”

It was Simon (Peter) who responded, “You are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

Than Jesus announces that it was the Father himself who revealed this to Peter and he singles out this man for leadership:

“And so I say to you, you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of the nether world shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Is this not also more than a mere significance? It is divine truth, revealed for the good of the Church, for the unity of the Church in worship, doctrine and ministry.

Again, read the Scripture for yourself. And you may want to check it again on Holy Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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One Response to “A Bit Significant?”

  1. R. Zell December 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi Mr. Libersat,

    Nice blog. I would also like to point out that according to the Gospel of Luke, It is Mary, the Mother of God, who says “Yes” “Amen” “Fiat” to the flesh of Christ: “Be it done to my according to thy word.”

    The first person in history to reject the Holy Eucharist is Judas. He first accepts it from the very Hand of Christ and then rejects it.

    Blessings,

    R. Zell

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