Wake Up Call

Aug 27, 2019

In John 6, we hear Jesus say some shockingly powerful words which sent many of his followers fleeing from him.  He said, “unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you will not have life in you.”  Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His death give us His resurrected body, blood, soul, and divinity in one communion wafer.

Transubstantiation is the idea that, during Mass, the bread and wine used for communion become the body and blood of Jesus.  This is central to the Catholic faith. (Catechism 1374)  The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith.  This has been true for over 2000 years.

A new Pew survey (August 7, 2019) has revealed that many Catholics, nearly 70%, believe that the bread and wine used in communion are merely symbols of the blood and body of Christ.  They don’t believe in the Real Presence.

Bishop Robert Barron calls this “A wake up call - A call to action on the part of everyone to correct the massive failure of all of us to teach generations this basic tenet of our faith.  We need to step up our communication of one of the most fundamental doctrines of the church.”  We need to repeat this over and over.

We need to take note of the response of Flannery O’Connor, the great Catholic writer of the twentieth century, to the following comment made to her.  “Oh the Eucharist is just a lovely symbol.”  She said, “If it is only a symbol then the hell with it.”

Just as for Flannery O’Connor, here is the moment of truth for all of us.  At mass, when you receive that host, you receive the bread that never spoils.  It is not a symbol but His powerful presence.

Wake Up!  This is a powerful truth worth resaying to all you know.

~Jeanne Leonardi

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