Which body do we receive?


I have heard it said that in the Eucharist we partake of the risen body of Christ, or the glorified body of Christ (as opposed to His earthly body). To me that only makes sense, but does the Church actually make this distinction?


Dear Voci,

Jesus has only one Body. At this point, it is a glorified Body. At the Last Supper it wasn’t. Whether it was or wasn’t doesn’t effect His presence in the Sacrament. His Body is “sacramentally” present in the Eucharist under the physical appearances of bread and wine. We don’t say that He is physically present in order to avoid giving the impression that we are consuming body parts. He is sacramentally present.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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