I often think about how to speak with Christians of other denominations about the truth of the Holy Eucharist. Faith in what Jesus says about His Body and Blood is a gift and I pray that our separated brothers and sisters will have the grace to see the truth of what Jesus says in all of the Gospels about his gift of the TRUE Bread from Heaven, Himself!
I feel more confident in God’s gift to me of being able to express myself in writing more so than in public speaking. The written word can be read and thought about and endures much longer, so I put forth this challenge to my brothers and sisters of other Christian faiths in the words that I write at this present time. At the same time I would like to challenge my fellow Catholcs to ponder the Truth of the Eucharist and to share it. Here goes:
Today’s Gospel highlights the challenge of the belief of Jesus’ words to His disciples about His Body and Blood. He asks, “Does this shock you?” It does shock some of the disciples because of their response, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Jesus challenges them, “What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?” In other words, “Would it be easier for you to believe, if you knew who I truly am? Do you believe in WHO I AM?”
He then says, “The words I have spoken to You are Spirit and Life, BUT THERE ARE SOME OF YOU WHO DO NOT BELIEVE.” (emphasis mine). Stop right here and think a minute; as protestants, which means in essence, “protesting;” think if you are not one of those PROTESTING what Jesus is saying here in the Gospel of St. John. Think to yourself, am I not one of those to whom Jesus is referring who DO NOT BELIEVE? You believe in Jesus as the Son of God, the Messiah, but you do not believe in the truth of His words about His Body and Blood. In John 6:53, “Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you.” “Amen, Amen” means, this is the TRUTH. The TRUTH of the words of GOD, not just any man.
Allow me to challenge further, by putting forth the words of Jesus that CLEARLY debunk the fallacy of a figurative meaning concerning the Eucharist: “For my flesh is TRUE FOOD and my Blood is TRUE DRINK. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood HAS LIFE ETERNAL and I will raise Him up on the last day.” John 6:54-55.
“The words I have spoken to you are SPIRIT and LIFE.” BELIEVE THEM, in other words. “It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail.” Through the Holy Spirit this is made possible. Brothers and sisters I challenge you to believe this Truth, because ETERNAL LIFE is promised to you based on your belief of what He says. Think on this a minute or more..Jesus our Savior, with His great love and power as GOD, who you believe He is; why would he NOT want to share Himself with us as our food? How could He not WANT to? How could He NOT make this possible? He can do all things. All He has to say is “Let there be light” and there is light. So how could he not also say, “This IS my body. This IS my Blood,” and not have it be so? Nowhere in scripture is Jesus recorded as saying “This is a symbol of my body, this is a symbol of my blood.” Think about this. Truth has spoken! Jesus cannot deceive us. He is our LOVING SAVIOR.
In this Gospel reading, which you can find starting in John 6:60-69 (and the many verses before), in whichever bible you have, the truth is the same. You will read that the ones who did not believe in the truth of what Jesus was saying to them “returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied Him,” while Saint Peter and the other Apostles knew to believe beyond all doubt, because of WHO Jesus was. “To whom shall we go? You have the words of Eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
My dear Protestant brothers and sisters, protest NO MORE and BELIEVE as St. Peter and the Apostles did, because of WHO you profess to believe that Jesus is. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is GOD. He wants YOU to believe. Immeasurable graces await you. I invite you to explore this truth and what it means to you if you were to come to believe as St. Peter and the Apostles did and come to the fullness of what you are meant to experience, “God truly with us!” It means ETERNAL LIFE. Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10). He is present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, contained in all the tabernacles of every Catholic Church in the world out of love for His people. He is waiting for you. Come and see! May God Bless you always!