Yes, God is indeed everywhere, so HE doesn’t need us to be in any particular place, though I would claim that WE may need to be in a particular place to worship Him properly. That’s why I would urge Protestants, who do not have and do not claim to have Jesus substantially present in the Eucharist, to nevertheless worship in their churches regularly. THEY need to.
But remember that the Catholic Church teaches and believes that Jesus is True God and True Man, so that when she also teaches and believes that Jesus is truly present in the tabernacle or on the altar after consecration she is saying that He is present there in both His divine and His human natures. What is unique in our belief in the Real Presence is not that Jesus is present as God, but that He is present as man. And when we say that He is present as man, we mean also that although He is present under the appearances of bread and wine He truly is bodily present, and hence, present as true man with His human intellect and will, with His human memory and His human emotions. Like any lover with his beloved, in loving us He wants our company and our love in return. So in visiting Him in a church or in attending Mass we Catholics really do have the great privilege of keeping human company with Him.
BTW, the whole Jesus is truly present wherever He is sacramentally present: because He is both God and man He is able to multilocate His human body, a thing impossible for anyone but God. So we don’t say that because Jesus’ Body is truly present in this church It cannot be present elsewhere sacramentally. And of course we also know that the Holy Trinity as God is equally present everywhere in several ways.
I hope I’ve said enough and not too much, and that all this will be of some help to you.
[quote=Curious]I hope this isn’t a repeat thread. If it is I apologize. When i tried to submit the first time, my computer chose to very hateful. I wasn’t sure it went through.
I put this under non-Catholic religons because I’m not Catholic. Hope it’s in the right place.
Greetings Catholic brethren and sistren,
My question comes from another post talking about missing Mass on purpose, and it being a mortal sin. The main reason givenon the other thread is because Jesus is there (in the Eucharist) and skipping out on Mass = skipping out on Jesus.
I know you guys believe real presence in the communion. But really…it’s almost like you’re saying. Jesus is in this church at this particular time and can’t be anywhere else. If you don’t go to mass, you won’t be anywhere near God. Isn’t he everywhere? I mean, not to say that everyone ought to skip mass/church every 5 seconds because “God is everywhere.” But too, I don’t think he’s confined to that sacramental bread and wine for a few minutes every Sunday and that’s all - that Jesus is only at Mass so therefore if you miss Mass than you miss Jesus.
Please no one scream at me and roll your eyes and say “Yes, that’s such a Protestant thing to say. You people go to church whenever you darn well please.” Whether that’s true or not is not the issue. My question is sincere. I would never bash ya’ll.