I converted to Catholicism in June this year from Protestantism. What a wonderful journey it has been. So joyful to be home.
Of course due to my past I know many Protestants. One topic that raises it’s head often is the Eucharist. I believe all that The Church teaches and the real presence of the Eucharist was actually the main reason that beckoned me to the Catholic Church in the beginning of my journey.
However my question is about the Last Supper. Please excuse my ignorance and correct me if I am wrong but I believe we see it as the first Mass/Eucharist? I was referred to the CARM website. One part of it in the objection to the real presence states,
*Fourth - the supper was instituted before Jesus’ crucifixion
The Mass is supposed to be a reenactment of the sacrifice of Christ. Therefore, according to Roman Catholic theology, the bread and wine become broken body and shed blood of Christ and represent the crucifixion ordeal. But how can this be since Jesus instituted the Supper before He was crucified? Are we to conclude that at the Last Supper, when they were all at the table, that when Jesus broke the bread it actually became His sacrificial body – even though the sacrifice had not yet happened? Likewise are we to conclude that when Jesus gave the wine that it became His actual sacrificial blood – even though the sacrifice had not yet happened? That would make no sense at all.*
How would I respond to this? Obviously the Crucifixion had not yet taken place. I know it became the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord but how could I explain it to a Protestant that asks this?
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