Jesus Christ in the Eucharist — The Real Presence

This scriptural meditation on the Real Presence might as well have been written by me. I’ve thought many of the same thoughts Dona Cory Gibson shares here.

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  • Bill S

    The idea of the Eucharist is exceedingly strange to those who don’t practice the Catholic faith. I see very little chance of it being true.

  • ssouth

    It must have seeemed strange to the apostles at the first Mass, the last supper, as well. Fortunately for us, they understood and spread the Word, most eventually becoming martyrs so that even we would hear the message and be saved. Jesus died so that we might live eternally because God so loved the world. Blessed are those who believe without seeing.

  • FW Ken

    I love to go to Churches on Good Friday, particularly our Cathedral. You can feel the absence, which reminds me of the Presence.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I know Ken. It’s powerful. The moment the priest removes the sacrament, the sanctuary just becomes a big, empty room.

  • Bill S

    “It must have seeemed strange to the apostles at the first Mass, the last supper, as well.”

    Yes. But it is stranger still since the Council of Trent came up with the doctrine of Transubstantiation which the Protestants did not accept.

    • Theodore Seeber

      According to Wikipedia, the 4th Council of the Latrean made the term popular in 1215, and the term was invented by Hildebert de Lavardin, Archbishop of Tours. Both of which were several centuries *before* the Protestant Rebellion. It was indeed rejected by the Protestants, who rejected any Aristotelian “pseudophilosophy”, based on their basic bigotry against the past that continues to this day in atheism.

      Of course, the doctrine that we refer to as transubstantiation, exists in the Gospel of John Chapter 6, so it pretty much predates every other denomination of Christianity on the planet.

  • Ssouth

    I think you have more research to do, Bill. Being in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist during adoration might help sort it out for you too. Council of Trent did not “come up with the doctrine.” They merely gave a name to it. The council states, “it has always been the conviction of the Church, and this holy council now declares that, by the consecration of the bread and wine a change takes place in which the whole substance of bread is changed into the substance of the Body of Christ our Lord…This change the Holy Catholic Church fittingly and properly names transubstantiation.” Jesus instituted transubstantiation at the Last Supper. St. Paul didn’t call it transubstantiation, but he obviously believed it by what he writes in 1 Corinthians 10:16 and 1 Corinthians 11:27-29.