How can Christ come at the Second Coming if He is already present in the Eucharist?

A friend posed this question to me: Catholics believe that Jesus is present in true flesh and blood in the Eucharist, so how does this relate to the second coming? (i.e. How can Christ come again if He’s already here?). How would you respond to this question? Thanks!

Dear Jessica,

No problem. Jesus can be present in more than one way at the same time. At the Last Supper He was present physically in the form of man and He was also present sacramentally under the form or appearance of bread and wine. So at the Second Comming He may well be present sacramentally in tabernacles throughout the world, but He can still come in His glory none the less.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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