Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Eucharist. The Real Deal. Part 10

It has been said to me that we do not participate in Christ sacrifice by eating his body under the appearance of bread. That it is symbolic. We do it to remember him, nothing more than remembering him. Just like Jesus said "Do this in remembrance of me". It is just bread. That I am looking too deeply into scripture to say we relive Christ's sacrifice by participating in the Eucharist. That if the Real Presence isn't real, Catholics are idol worshipers.
OK. I can see how someone can come to that conclusion. But the real question is what does St. Paul say. "Therefore, my beloved, shun the worship of idols. I speak as to sensible men; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body for we all partake of the one bread." (1Cor 10:14-17) Looks Plain and clear to me. "is it not a participation in the body of Christ?". To participate is more than JUST to remember. By participating in the Eucharist we do more than remember, we take part in the sacrifice.
St. Paul talks about the worship of idols. Why does he not address these worshipers of bread as idol worshipers? It' not as tho the theology of the Real Presence suddenly appeared around the reformation. In fact, if Catholics are wrong, where are the early writings by the Church Fathers condemning this practice? The fact of the matter is, they don't exist. The only writings by the early Church Fathers, on the topic of the Real Presence, backup and promote the Catholic Church's claim that Jesus Christ is really present body, soul and divinity in the Eucharist.
Talk at ya Later

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