Eucharist: I’m well versed in explaining the bread of life discourse in John 6 so no problem there. Issue is with the numerous other times that Jesus and Paul say do this in remembrance. She see’s a conflict between remembrance and actual body and blood. Not sure how to explain that one. We are certainly remembering him, but it’s more.
She also brought up Matt 26:29 where he says “I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from not until…” This seems to indicate that Christ himself is calling it symbolic now. How do we reconcile this?
Receiving the eucharist: Why do Catholics deny Protestants but not vis-versa.
The reality is the clarity and directness of Christ – “This IS My Body” at the Last Supper after carefully teaching in Jn 6:51: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh," establishes the reality.
Jn 6:55: For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. And many walked no more with Him. (Jn 6:66). Did he say “you misunderstood Me”? No, He let them go – take note.
Then, to make absolutely certain there was no mistaking what He was saying, Jesus said to the Twelve, “What about you, do you want to go away too?” To which Simon Peter replied, “Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe” (John 6:59-68).
With Christ’s teaching on His Body to eat and His Blood to drink, He made sure that this was not misunderstood by:
- Reemphasizing His teaching and refusing to change it even when many left Him
- By questioning, ensuring that His Apostles, with Peter the Supreme Vicar of His Church, understood and assented to His teaching – so clear as to His meaning – that the doubters left Him.
We listen to the Sacred Scriptures: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:15-18) “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (John 14:26) “But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-15)
There is no answer to Christ through St Paul in 1 Cor. 11:23-29:
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.”
As Fr Echert points out of the sickness and death attributed to the Corinthians’ denial by St Paul in verse 30:
“The sickness and death found among the Christians at Corinth who unworthily approached the Holy Eucharist was a sign to the Church that this was no mere symbol but a divine Reality of Christ in His Body and Blood, as taught by Jesus Himself.”