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Catholics and the Eucharist: Do Catholics Really Believe That They Are Eating Jesus's Flesh and Drinking His Blood?Read Now
Scriptural References Reinforcing Catholic's Beliefs in the True Presence of the Eucharist:
Nicaea Council in 325; A Meeting of Early Christians:
The ecumenical council of Nicaea in 325, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which defined this for us, he was true God and true man - which is in the creed of the Catholic Church. Mark 14:24, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” This gift of his humanity in the Sacrament is inseparable from his self-offering on the cross since together they constitute a single sacrifice in which Jesus is both priest and sacrificial victim of the New Covenant. Again, Mk 6:35-44 “This is my body;” Jesus identifies the unleavened bread of the Passover feast with his own flesh (Jn 6:51).
In Other Words
In 1 Cor 11:20 Paul explains, that he does not praise (condone) the act of eating the Lord’s Supper as though it is any ordinary meal. Disunity is a direct contradiction to the purpose of the braking of the bread and the cup of blessing: which is to unite the Church (the body of Christ) with the head, Jesus, thus unifying the kingdom of God. Remember, Peter (the Sheppard of the flock) holds the keys of the kingdom Mt 16:19.
1 Cor 10:16-17 – Here, Paul ties together the third cup in the Seder meal of the Old Testament with the New Testament Covenant, which is the Eucharistic cup of wine as a participation (a unification) in the blood of Christ. Christ’s blood then unifies His Church to its members and then to Himself. As Christ was begotten from heaven, he became 100% flesh, and his flesh is now the true manna from heaven in which we partake in so that we enter true communion with him. Paul says, this in the context of how we ought to worship (1Cor 10:14). Worshiping God thus becomes more than spiritual; it becomes a physical participation! We the Church, become ONE with Christ in an intimate way. This action is hardly just a symbol; it truly His body, His blood - soul and divinity; Jesus said it. It’s truly Jesus’ body and blood made present by the priest. It is NOT another sacrifice but the one and only Sacrifice made present at the table of the Lamb, representative of the Passover meal.
Lk 24:13 – Recall the episode on the walk to Emmaus; they did not recognize Jesus until He broke the bread, recalling the Last Supper. So let’s take Jesus at his word; after all he is the “Word of God.” “It’s a heavenly thing, supernatural which requires faith in the one who is and who spoke the Word of God” (John 3: 11-12). God never said it would be easy for us to understand; this is why it is called 'the mystery of faith.'