How should we understand the Real Presence of Christ during the celebration of Mass to be distinct from the teaching that God is omnipresent? If God is everywhere, then what is unique about the fact that Jesus Christ is truly present after the consecration of the wheat & wine into the Body & Blood? Is the difference that God is present everywhere in spirit, versus being manifestly present as a tangible substance in the case of the Mass?
I like to think of it as our chance to have a really intimate relationship of the person of the Trinity which is Jesus. I strive to get to know each person of God better for an overall more intimate relationship with his One divine nature, and the Eucharist is the perfect opportunity for that relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ!
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It is very different. Paul says that in God “we live and move and have our very being”. But just like God is everywhere, we cannot forget that the divine person of God the Son was incarnate of the Blessed Virgin in Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ walked in the year 23 AD from Nazareth to Jerusalem, He was in a certain point in time and space. But He is also God, who is beyond time and space. When the priest elevates the Host, the same Jesus Christ is truly present before your very eyes, even though as God He is still beyond time and space.
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" Omnipresence " refers to an attribute of God in his very Essence, his very Nature. It refers to the fact than since creation he has been present in his creatures by his power and activity. Wherever God acts, he is present by his very Essence. In this sense, all Three Persons are present because each possesses the same Divine Nature.
The Eucharist is the sacrament where the Second Person of the Trinity becomes physically present behind the species of bread and wine. And of course God the Father and God the Holy Spritit are present as well, because when one is present all three are present. But the emphasis is on Christ’s glorified, physical presence. This physical presence is not in creation as God’s Omnipresence has been since creation.
God is present everywhere, but not bodily, because God by nature is not bodily. If he were bodily then omnipresence would make it impossible for anything but God to exist.
God is present everywhere, but not everything is God. It is wrong to adore trees or rocks or animals or bread or a human being as if they were God because they are not God. However, it was right to adore Jesus when He walked the earth and it is now right to adore the Blessed Sacrament.
The three ways that Jesus Christ is present are:
*]natural presence (everywhere as God)
*]*physically *in his glorified body and in the Eucharist,
*]spiritually in the faithful in the state of grace.
God is omnipresent by his power acting through the Universe. God’s Essence is present where he is, heaven. God is present in the Person of Jesus in the Eucharistic Sacrament, which also has the Divine Nature (Essence).
In the Eucharist the real presence is that of the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, and the divinity of the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Also the persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. by virtue of perichorisis, are present in the Holy Eucharist: indirectly in the Father and the Holy Spirit. This is from Council of Florence, Pope Eugene IV, From the Bull “Cantata Domino,” February 4, Florentine style, 1441, modern, 1442:“Because of this unity the Father is entire in the Son, entire in the Holy Spirit; the Son is entire in the Father, entire in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is entire in the Father, entire in the Son.”
Here’s how the Catechism distinguishes it:CCC#1374 The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.” In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.” “This presence is called ‘real’ - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.”