Monday I was watching the Journey Home on EWTN. The guest, Michael Matthews, was excellent and made a statement that I found to be wonderfully enlightening to me and demonstrates how “fixated” we can become and thus limit God.
In speaking about the Real Presence, He commented that, “For me personally, my belief in the Eucharist, is the ultimate test of my belief in teh divinity of Christ. Because if you took jesus’ physical body as it was two thousand years ago and looked at it under a microscope you would find flesh and blood. It takes a supreme act of faith to believe that this carpenter from Nazareth is actually God the son, the second person of the trinity. God incarnate. Well if you can believe that, is it that much of a step to believe that this same God can become bread and wine for us.”
(If you’d like to see the interview, it is HERE. The comments above are at about the 11:40 minute mark)
When he said this, it struck me - How I, and many others seem get hung up on the idea that the transformation of the bread and wine. We (I at least) seem to have this idea that the transformation must be to a literal, human flesh and blood, and hence the hang up about the “appearance” being bread and wine.
Our thinking seems to be that it must go from bread and wine to human flesh and blood to Jesus…Yet God need not work this way. Christ was literally, scientifically human and God. He can just as easily be literally, scientifically bread and wine and still be God…without going “through” the human Jesus step…
Does that make any sense? It does in my head, but I’m nots sure I’m explaining it right. maybe I should just leave Michael Matthews comments speak for themselves…