Apologetics Eucharist

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Published on December 17, 2008

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John 6: 53 - 57 : John 6: 53 - 57 "Jesus said to them, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.'" John 6: 60 - 62 : John 6: 60 - 62 “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” But Jesus knew they were struggling and said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?” Remember: “…crazy love,…bizarre love…” The Eucharist : The Eucharist CCC 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. The Real Presence : The Real Presence CCC 1375: It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St. John Chrysostom declares: “It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God’s. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered.” The Real Presence : The Real Presence CCC 1377: The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ. Eucharistic Miracles : Eucharistic Miracles Lanciano, Italy (700 –800 AD) As a divine response to a Basilian monk's doubt about Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist. During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size. Scientific investigation occurred in 1970-'71 and again in 1981. The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs. Eucharistic Miracles : Eucharistic Miracles Lanciano, Italy (700 –800 AD) These analyses sustained the following conclusions: The Flesh is real Flesh. The Blood is real Blood. The Flesh and the Blood belong to the human species. The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart. The Flesh is a "HEART" complete in its essential structure. The Flesh and the Blood have the same blood-type: AB (Blood-type identical to that uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin). In the Blood there were found proteins in the same normal proportions (percentage-wise) as are found in the make-up of the fresh normal blood. In the Blood there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium. The preservation of the Flesh and of the Blood, which were left in their natural state for twelve centuries and exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon. Eucharistic Miracles : Eucharistic Miracles Blanot, France (Easter Sunday, March 31, 1331) One of the last to receive was a woman named Jacquette. The priest placed the Host on her tongue, turned, and started walking toward the altar. It was then that several people saw the Host fall from the woman's mouth and land upon the cloth that covered her hands. The priest immediately left the altar and approached the railing; but instead of finding the Host, he saw a spot of blood the same size as the Host, which had apparently dissolved into blood. When the Mass was completed, the priest took the cloth into the sacristy and placed the stained area in a basin filled with clear water. After washing the spot and scrubbing it with his fingers numerous times he found that, far from becoming smaller and lighter, it had actually become larger and much darker. On removing the cloth from the basin he was surprised to find that the water had turned bloody. Church Fathers : Church Fathers Saint Cyril of Jerusalem ( ~ AD 350 ) “Do not, therefore, regard the bread and wine as simply that; for they are, according to the Master’s declaration, the Body and Blood of Christ. Even though the senses suggest to you the other, let faith make you firm. Do not judge this matter by taste, but be fully assured by the faith, not doubting that you have been deemed worthy of the Body and Blood of Christ.” Church Fathers : Church Fathers Saint Justin Martyr ( ~ AD 150 ) Wrote in an Apology to the Roman Emperor: We call this food Eucharist; and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true…For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the food which has been made into the Eucharist by the Eucharistic prayer set down by Him, and by the change of which our blood and flesh is nourished, is both the Flesh and Blood of that incarnated Jesus.” Church Fathers : Church Fathers Saint Justin Martyr ( ~ AD 150 ) Under ruthless interrogation by Rusticus, the Roman Prefect: Rusticus: "Hearken, you who are called learned, and think that you know true doctrines; if you are scourged and beheaded, do you believe you will ascend into heaven?“ Justin: "I hope that, if I endure these things, I shall have His gifts. For I know that, to all who have thus lived, there abides the divine favour until the completion of the whole world.“ Rusticus: "Do you suppose, then, that you will ascend into heaven to receive some recompense?“ Justin: "I do not suppose it, but I know and am fully persuaded of it.“ Rusticus: “…offer sacrifice with one accord to the gods.“ Justin: "No right-thinking person falls away from piety to impiety.“ Rusticus: "Unless ye obey, ye shall be mercilessly punished.“ Justin: "Through prayer we can be saved on account of our Lord Jesus Christ, even when we have been punished, because this shall become to us salvation and confidence at the more fearful and universal judgment-seat of our Lord and Saviour.“ Thus also said the other martyrs: "Do what you will, for we are Christians, and do not sacrifice to idols." John Paul II : John Paul II John Paul II points us in the direction we need to be looking as we quote from his Encyclical Letter: Ecclesia De Eucharistia: “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church.” “Consequently the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the full manifestation of his boundless love.” “The Source and The Summit…” : “The Source and The Summit…” So, we should draw our life and all our hope from the Eucharist. Jesus Christ waits for us in the Tabernacle and in the Monstrance. So, visit him frequently and do not pass by him without acknowledging him or with an indifferent heart. Passing a Catholic church, acknowledge Christ in the Tabernacle. There are Tabernacles in our Catholic schools (in the chapels of St. Thomas, St. Agnes, Jesuit, Duchesne)…right here about 75 feet from where we are right now. Anticipate seeing Him as you would a good friend.  When you receive Eucharist at Mass, have in your heart a prayer and thought of Thanksgiving – Use the words of Thomas, “Thank You Jesus. My Lord and my God, I believe and trust in you.” We are Called to bring Jesus Christ into the World : We are Called to bring Jesus Christ into the World Into our homes To the dinner table To places we will be on vacation To our work Into the hallways and classrooms of our High Schools Everywhere we go, everywhere we are… How do we do this? : How do we do this? #1: Seek Holiness for yourself, Sanctifying Grace Create a firm foundation with a Daily Prayer Life – Morning offering and Prayer Read the Bible - Daily scriptures for the week are in every weekly Bulletin Subscribe to Bible Geek’s “Spread the Word” on www.lifeteen.com Evening prayer – prayer of thanksgiving and blessing Draw close to the Sacraments, the Eucharist, Adoration, Reconciliation, and Confirmation Be “another Christ” - Holiness should be natural, cheerful and joyful. You should exude grace. There are no and were no grumpy saints. Slide 16: “Don’t fail to respond to the Master who calls. Follow Him to become, like the apostles, fishers of men. Make Christ’s word reach those who still don’t know Him. Have the courage to bear witness to the gospel on the streets and in the town squares, in the valleys and mountains of the nation!” John Paul II Am I Truly Prepared to Be One With Jesus? : Am I Truly Prepared to Be One With Jesus? Am I in a “state of grace,” that is - I am not aware of any unconfessed sin? If not, then I need to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation first. Have I observed the one-hour fast from food and drink (except for food and medicine) before receiving Our Lord? Do I believe in the Real Presence; do I believe that Christ is present – Body and Blood, Soul, and Divinity? Am I faithful to the moral teachings of the Church in my personal and public lives? Do I know them? Am I faithful to them? Am I living them?

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