I’m a cradle catholic who has begun to seek more knowledge about the “whys” of our religion after a shakeup in my life. I came close to leaving the church, but after prayer and introspection, I’m sticking it out, but I’m hung up on a major thing here:
Can anyone please help explain the following:
When Jesus said, “This is my body”…Catholics believe that he was very literal. So since Jesus said it and I don’t believe Jesus to be a lunatic or liar, it is true. The host I see at mass IS his body. The wine becomes his blood…I got it.
However, Jesus spoke in parables and used symbolism constantly. He also said things like “I am the vine”…but Jesus as we know didn’t mean a literal vine… Using the same logic above, Jesus isn’t a lunatic or liar…that must mean he is a vine.
To me, this begs the question, why are we as Catholics so sure that he was literal in saying “This is my body”, but when it comes to other stuff…it was symbolic?
Seems to me that the Lutherans make more sense in their translation of what Jesus meant at the Last Supper…COsubstantiation…there is a shared substance and symbolism (since Jesus was a frequent user of symbols and parables) rather than complete transubstantiation.
I hope that makes sense, I know I’m totally rambling. Apologies. Thanks for any input you may have and have a Merry Christmas.