Catholics celebrate the Eucharist at Christ's very clear orders, there is no confusion to one who reads the Bible with open eyes. Jesus does not suffer again and again thru the practice He ordered because His one and only death and resurrection stretched out through all time. That one act instilled the grace and power in every celebration that would ever occur for the rest of all time. The sacrifice was done, and it's power continues to bring blessing of grace down to millions who are obedient to His word and receive the gift of His flesh that He told us to consume.
Matthew 26:26-28: "Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
Notice He didn’t say –“This represents my Body”, or “This is a symbol of my Body”. Again was Christ lying?
John 6:31-, "I AM the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. 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." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; 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 abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. 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."
So Jesus makes it really clear His actual flesh is to be our food. But lets keep reading there is more to learn:
John 6:59-66 "This he said in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, "Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you that do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him."
Notice at the end here. Jesus knows there were those who didn't accept His teaching, they found the idea of eating His flesh unacceptable and they "drew back and no longer went about with Him." If Jesus didn't really mean all of what He said He could have called after the men, but He didn't because He was not He allowed those who would not believe to go.
Jesus is not a liar. Scripture does not lie. I'd be interested to hear how one could spin Christ's words to mean anything the Catholic understanding that He very clearly intended with these words.
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