“Re-Presented” or “represented”

By Patrick Miron

Today’s topic is the Dogma of the Real Presence; which is the foundation, the heart of and among the most mysterious of all Catholic beliefs.

From the Catholic Catechism:

1324 “The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” [sacrifice]

1407 “The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church”

The multiplicity of understandings, actually misunderstanding, outside of the Catholic & Orthodox churches is wide and profound. And frankly quite amazing as so many Protestant churches claim to be “Sola Scriptura” [bible only] churches.

There are five different Holy Spirit Inspired [2 Tim. 3:16-17] authors of the New Testament that give testimony on the Reality of Catholic Teaching, beliefs and practices on this mystery, and even Christ’s Personal promise; all of which are either ignored, misunderstood, or denied.

So let’s first look at the biblical evidence to see what it claims; what it teaches. Is there actually a lack of clarity; a lack of precise terminology used?

Matthew 26: 26-28

[26] Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”  [27] And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you; [28] for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Mark 14: 21-24

[21] For the Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” [22] And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” [23] And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. [24] And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.

Luke 22: 19-20

[19] And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [20] And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

John 6:47-58

[47] Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. [48] I am the bread of life. [49] Your fathers ate the manna {& flesh: Exo 16: 6-15} in the wilderness, and they died. [50] This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. [51] I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
[52] The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” [53] So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; [54] he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. [55] For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. [56] He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. {Which describes precisely what DOES take place in Catholic Holy Communion}[57] As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. [58] This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread [CONDITIONALLY] will live forever.”

Paul 1st. Cor. 11: 23-30

[23] For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, [24] and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [25] In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
[26] For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. [27] Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. [28] Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. [29] For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. [30] That is why many of you are weak {Spiritually}and ill, and some have died. {Self-condemned themselves to Eternal Hell.}

I have highlighted the precisely worded parts that are either ignored, denied, or presumptuously thought to be available in select Protestant faiths, claiming rightly to accept and believe; yet at the same time; unknowingly perhaps; assuming the same essential Powers and authority; of direct Apostolic succession, as is needed to effect this Sacrament; but having forfeited this Power through the schisms of Henry the VIII & Luther. All other faiths are even without a disconnecting – schism, and no lines of Godly Power or Authority can be, or are, in evidence.

Two very common errors of the Protestant community that form the very foundation for their many misunderstandings and “profound ignorance” are not recognizing the critical importance of singular tense terms the Holy Spirit inspired Catholic-Authors of the bible were led to use, and the presumptive Juxtapositioned thoughts that convert what GOD Could have chosen to do, with what GOD actually Did choose to do.

Missing the first clues [singular tense terms] feeds the second error; making it seem logical. Yet we are speaking of Omnipotent God here: Unbelief is the same as denial of GOD, as that is precisely what the Real Presence is: Jesu Christ /God! Are we to assume that GOD cannot do this?

Isaiah 55: 6 to 9  [6] “Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; [7] let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. [8] For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. [9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

The sin of presumption is widespread and pervasive within the Protestant communions. Making new; that is giving NEW meanings and understanding, primarily through applied human logic; which itself is illogical as we are speaking of Godly thoughts and choices; often, not understandable by solely applied- logic, and often incomprehensible by human standards; being complex, and often miraculous, and certainly profound manifestations by our God.

Without exception, all good things come from God. Then we ask: “are being fair and just” good things? Of course they are, so we can know that God, in an absolute sense, has to be, can only be “just and fair” Divine Mercy is a part of this necessity.

1Tim.2 Verses 3 to 5 “This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”

It is Divine Mercy, God’s  Love of His “alter-self” [Gen 1:26-27], humanity, who alone in all of the created universe emulates God as is able to actually, choose to know, to love, to serve and to obey God , which then become the very reason for humanities existence. [Isaiah 43: 7 &21.]  And this then explains God’s Justification for His Real Presence in Catholic & Orthodox Holy Communion, Jesus Christ, God is Truly, Really and Substanually present [“the entire God”] in our Midst. Not a mere representation, not a mere sign or symbol; NO! God Himself.

God has chosen to do this to facilitate the salvation of a many souls as is possible in attainment of their personal salvation. No greater love and no greater grace is offered and available conditionally to humanity. There can be, and there is no greater reason to be an Informed and fully practicing Catholic, than our Holy Communion. Truly it is a foretaste of heaven here on earth. Amen!

Unbelief, even wrong-belief are to varying degrees denial of God Himself.

What would Jesus have YOU do?

Pray much about it,

God Bless you,

Patrick

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