I was responding to your question: “How come the doctrine of the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ doesnt match our senses (if this is the right way of addressing this)?”
Thus, “why should it?” - Why should it “match our our senses” when we are to live by faith in this life? Why we sometimes/often don’t act according to our faith regarding the Eucharist or other doctrines of our Faith, is another question, easily answerable by our tendency towards obtuseness and/or sinfulness.
I am saying why is it that we dont act in His presence in the Eucharist when is there completely, or isnt He? Jesus is present sacramentally, but what does that mean? If He is present body, blood, soul and divinity, even though God is almighty and glorious: what more can there be?
There will be the full recognition of Him by our senses, not just be faith, when He comes in His glory. No one, then, will be able to deny either implicitly or explicitly that He IS, and that He IS the summit of all our hopes and expectations. For now He has hidden Himself from our senses to be our spiritual nourishment and to be so not for what spiritual highs we may experience - and which are transitory, but to love Him for Who He IS.
I want to emphasise that the chuch teaches Jesus is present soul and divinity. This is amazing, and you reckon: “why should it”?
As I explained above, this is questioning your seeming desire now not to live by faith, as we know we are to do until He comes.
Does faith mean dont be excited yet? (I acknowledge that there must be some Catholics who visit Jesus for hours daily. But even so, they are likely to be sitting there most of the time, not understanding that Jesus is fully there. I know I have during Mass oe adoration).
Until we see Him as He is, our understanding will not be all that it will be. We may or may not experience “excitement”; what He wants from us is fidelity despite not feeling excitement. A reading of St. John of the Cross would be helpful, MH.
I dont want to misquote Scott Hahn, but I think I remember reading/ hearing that he said that Christ is fully present in the Eucharist as if He was there in person. Like I said, I can’t recall the words, but I think that was the gist of it. I also know Scott Hahn is not infallible.
No, he isn’t, but he is correct; again, though, how we react to Our Lord’s Presence will vary from person to person, so one cannot insist on the same reaction to His Eucharistic Presence for everyone, though we can hope that all will want to be with Him with love and perseverance during our times at Mass and at Adoration.
FCEGM, I know you are quite knowledgeable, but how is the Jesus walking towards us so to speak (or appearing here on earth) in bodily form, be any different to how he is in the Eucharist, according to Church teaching, except in appearance?
The difference lies in our perception of His being with us; we adore now in faith His “hidden” Presence; we “wait in joyful hope”, though, for the realization of what our sight now is lacking.
Do we judge by appearances?
If we have faith, of course not. But we hope for more than what is now hidden so that our faith will fully and finally see its Object; and we hope and pray that our souls will be ready by His grace for that Beatific Vision.