The Holy Eucharist, ‘you must eat my flesh and drink my blood’, Catholic view of John 6, Passover, and dealing with objections to Catholic teaching of the Eucharist.
In another thread we were dealing with Eucharistic objections to John chapter 6 but we were focusing on one “preacher’s” objections.
I would like to broaden the topic and examine any common objections to this Catholic view of John 6 (not merely focusing on this one preacher’s objections)
First in order of course is . . . . what IS the “Catholic view” of Chapter 6?
Let’s use the CCC below for starters of what "the Catholic view" is. .
CCC 1324a The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life . . .
CCC 728a Jesus does not reveal the Holy Spirit fully, until he himself has been glorified through his Death and Resurrection. Nevertheless, little by little he alludes to him even in his teaching of the multitudes, as when he reveals that his own flesh will be food for the life of the world.110 . . .
CCC 1336 The first announcement of the Eucharist divided the disciples, just as the announcement of the Passion scandalized them
“This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”
The Eucharist and the Cross are stumbling blocks. It is the same mystery
and it never ceases to be an occasion of division.
“Will you also go away?”: the Lord’s question echoes through the ages,
as a loving invitation to discover that only he has “the words of eternal life”
and that to receive in the faith the gift of his Eucharist is to receive the Lord himself.
If you are a non-Catholic who considers his/her self a Bible believer, what are the objections you personally have to a Catholic understanding of John 6? What would Jesus have had to say for you to say: “Well I guess Jesus REALLY meant it, so I believe it.”
If Catholic, what are the objections you have personally been exposed to and how did you answer them defending a Catholic understanding of John 6?
Remember the Catholic teaching.
*]In the Eucharist NO bread and NO wine remains after the elements (bread and wine) are consecrated.
*]In the Eucharist Jesus is substantially present, body, blood, soul, and Divinity.
*]In the Eucharist the APPEARANCE of bread and wine remains (sometimes referred to philosophically as "the accidents").