Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Eucharist

Perhaps the most defining teaching of the Catholic Church in contrast to other Christian denominations is the focus on the Eucharist and the understanding that we are really eating the flesh and blood of Christ when we receive communion. Of course, the belief is strongly rooted in both scripture (John 6: 25-69) and the teaching of the apostles.

It's still a difficult thing to grasp that how simple bread and wine can be transformed into flesh and blood. But during a homily this morning it struck me that this isn't very different from the more basic belief shared by all Christians that God took on human form in Jesus while still maintaining his undiminished divinity.

If we can accept the incarnation then we should surely be able to accept that He makes himself present in the Eucharist because that's what he said he would do.

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