Real Presence

Preparation

The Big Bang

The Holy Eucharist is the Real Presence of Rabbi Yeshua under the appearance of bread and wine. The evidence warrants belief. The Big Bang revealed God’s existence because science accepts that more than about 13.7 billion years ago nothing existed. Holy Mother Church has a motto, ex nihilo, nihil fit. From nothing, nothing comes: No space, no time, no matter, no energy! Standard model physics provides no possibility of random generation. Only an entity of infinite intelligence and power living as pure spirit could create from nothing. Then, suddenly, God announced his existence in The Big Bang.

First Cause

Aristotle’s prime mover and St. Thomas Aquinas’ first cause argument supported these scientific conclusions more than a thousand years before science ever conceived of them.

Nothing can be the cause of itself; to do so it would have to be prior to itself, which is impossible. Also, it is not possible with causes to go on to infinity, because the first cause always causes the intermediate causes. And, to take away the cause is to take away the effect. If there is no cause, there can be no effect. The first cause is always God.

Prophecy and Fulfillment

If God exists and created us, it stands to reason that he should communicate with us. The Torah is the foundation of the Word of God. God prepared us for his Son through Prophecy and Fulfillment. The Son revealed to us that God is a Holy Trinity. He spoke to us in Sacred Scripture.

Rabbi Yeshua’s Real Presence

Rabbi Yeshua taught us that we could have eternal life with him in heaven but we would have to prepare for it in this life. He promised to be with us until the end of time Mt 28:20. To do it, he made a home for himself called the Catholic Church Mt 16:18. There he would live with us, and prepare us for heaven through an exchange of persons called the The New and Eternal Covenant.

His  real presence with us in this life would be bread and wine transubstantiated to become his Body and Blood. Only the appearance of bread and wine remain. The Real Presence of Rabbi Yeshua is the unique, true presence of Christ in the Eucharist under the species or appearances of bread and wine. The Church invites the faithful to deepen their faith in the real presence of Christ through adoration and communion at the Eucharistic liturgy, and through adoration outside its celebration.

Holy Mother Church summarizes:

§ 1378 Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.

§ 1379 The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. It is for this reason that the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthy place in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it emphasizes and manifests the truth of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

In the Words of Scripture

But Rabbi Yeshua, the Living Torah, the Word of God made Flesh, taught us his most important lesson of all in a Scripture most Catholics call “John 6.” Let’s pause for a moment to hear Bishop Barron comment on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist 11:04. These words of Scripture are eternal life for us. Let’s look at them again slowly, say them aloud one verse at a time, and reflect on the meaning of each verse before proceeding to the next:

Amenamen, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life” Jn 6:47.

“I am the bread of life” Jn 6:48.

“Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died” Jn 6:49.

“This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die” Jn 6:50.

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” Jn 6:51.

“The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jn 6:52.

“So 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 have no life in you’” Jn 6:53.

“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” Jn 6:54.

“For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed” Jn 6:55.

“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” Jn 6:56.

“As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me” Jn 6:57.

This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever” Jn 6:58.

Where We Find the Body of Christ

The three Gospel narratives of the Last Supper are absolutely consistent. Rabbi Matityahu: “This is my body” Mt 26:26. “This is my blood” Mt 26:27. Rabbi Marcus: “This is my body” Mk 14:22. “This is my blood” Mk 14:24. Rabbi Lucas: “This is my body” Lk 22:19. “This … is the new covenant in my blood” Lk 22:20.

Always This is. The Gospels do not say, think of this as, or this is a symbol of, or imagine this as, or anything that would imply that it is only a symbolRabbi Yeshua said THIS IS MY BODYTHIS IS MY BLOOD.

Rabbi Yeshua’s next words instituted the Catholic priesthood: “Do this in remembrance of me” Lk 22:19. He had used the Hebrew word zakhor, remember, which brings what is remembered into the present. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” Mt 18:20.