I’ve been on this site for a year, I love the Church and It’s Truths. However, for years now I have been struggling to firmly believe in the Real Presence in the Eucharist. I was raised Catholic but in recent years my faith in this Teaching has suffered. I know as early as 108 A.D. Saint Ignatius of Antioch wrote letters concerning the Real Presence, but what about earlier? I turned to the Didache and found that Chapter 9 discusses the Eucharistic prayer. It seems that it many first century Eucharistic Prayers do not even feature the words of institution. Here I quote one of the prayers from the Didache:
“Even as this broken bread was scattered over the hills, and was gathered together and became one, so let your Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your Kingdom; for Yours is the glory and power through Jesus Christ forever.”
-Didache Chapter 9
In what way was Our Lord’s Body scattered over the hills and regathered? Does it some way refer to His Passion and Ressurection? What does it mean? I am in no way trying to sow dissention and I pray no one is scandalized by this question. I love our Eucahristed Lord and would be devastated if He weren’t in the Eucharist. If someone can answer this it would be very helpful. Lord, please save my wavering faith! Thank you in advance.