While most Catholics believe in the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, there are still many Catholics Who do not believe that Jesus is truly present in the Holy Communion.
Are you one of those that believe or of they that do not believe? Let us was down the Scriptures.
1. Jesus Himself told us to eat His flesh.
I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
The Jews therefore contended with one another, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus therefore said to them, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don’t have life in yourselves. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven—not as our fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?”
But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life. But there are some of you who don’t believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn’t believe, and who it was who would betray him. He said, “For this cause I have said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.”
At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Jesus said therefore to the twelve, “You don’t also want to go away, do you?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
-John 6:48-69, WEB-BE
THINGS TO NOTE:
- Even though many of His disciples turned away and no longer followed Him because of this teaching, Jesus did not explain to them that He was not talking literally about eating His flesh, if such were the case. Jesus could have easily clarified and corrected what he meant. But the very reason they were astounded was because Jesus has indeed meant what He said literally.
- Jesus was known to correct and clarify important issues so as not to mislead anyone, especially His disciples.This can be seen in Matthew 16:5–12 where Jesus clearly explained what He meant by the yeast of the Pharisees, that it was not literal bread He was talking about.
- If Jesus were merely speaking metaphorically, why would people say, “This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?”
- When Jesus mentioned the sacrifice He was about to make on the cross by sacrificing His own life and flesh, He was not speakingmetaphorically – Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. Indeed, the same flesh (body) which Jesus gave up on the cross for us is the same flesh the He told us to eat.
Some may cite verse John 6:63 (It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing.)to say that Jesus did not really mean to eat His “flesh” literally. But “flesh” in this verse is meant to mean our human nature and reasoning which cannot understand the things of the spirit. If Jesus has successfully explained here that He didn’t mean to have us eat his flesh literally, why then did many of his disciples still walk away afterwards? Shouldn’t it have already been properly clarified?
- St. Paul called the cup of blessing a “sharing” of the blood of Christ.
The cup of blessing which we bless, isn’t it a sharing of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, isn’t it a sharing of the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread. Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don’t those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?
What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God, and I don’t desire that you would have fellowship with demons. You can’t both drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You can’t both partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
-1 Corinthians 10:16-22, WEB-BE
- St. Paul clearly said that whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy way will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
For I received from the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread. When he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me.” In the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks the Lord’s cup in a way unworthy of the Lord will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy way eats and drinks judgement to himself, if he doesn’t discern the Lord’s body. For this cause many amongst you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep. For if we discerned ourselves, we wouldn’t be judged. But when we are judged, we are punished by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. – 1 Corinthians 11:23-32, WEB-BE
- Jesus Himself said that the bread is His body.
As they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks for it, and broke it. He gave to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, “All of you drink it, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins. But I tell you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. – Matthew 26:26-30, WEB-BE
As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had blessed, he broke it, and gave to them, and said, “Take, eat. This is my body.” He took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them. They all drank of it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many. Most certainly I tell you, I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it anew in God’s Kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. – Mark 14:22-26, WEB-BE
He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke, and gave it to them, saying,“This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it has been determined, but woe to that man through whom he is betrayed!” – Luke 22:19-22, WEB-BE
- Jesus is the Word through which all things on earth were created.In the beginning, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. The Word itself came down from heaven and became flesh. When Jesus speaks of bread saying “this is my body”, would it be an impossibility that such indeed becomes His flesh also?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made… The Word became flesh, and lived amongst us.
-John 1:1-3,14, WEB-BE
As they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks for it, and broke it. He gave to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” – Matthew 26:26, WEB-BE
“Could not Christ’s word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before?” – St. Ambrose
Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” They filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the ruler of the feast.” So they took it. When the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and didn’t know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom, and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have drunk freely, then that which is worse. You have kept the good wine until now!” This beginning of his signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. – John 2:7-11, WEB-BE
- It has always been the belief since the early Church. To say that the Church has departed from the true faith at any point in time, most especially at the beginning is to invalidate Jesus’ own promise that not even the gates of hell can prevail over His Church.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 16:18-19, KJV