Fr. Mark Bentz discusses the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. To begin this discussion, we have to accept two things: (1) that the Bible accurately tells us what Jesus said and did, and (2) that Jesus is God. Without accepting these two points, the discussion of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is pointless.
In the beginning of time, God the Father created matter by speaking. “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Do you see what we are talking about? His word is powerful enough to creating something out of nothing. In John’s gospel, it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The Word became flesh and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus Christ. We see throughout the gospels the miracles that Jesus performs, raising the dead and curing the sick, and often with only just a word.
At the last supper, Jesus takes bread and wine and says, “This is my body,” and “This is my blood.” As we can see, the power of God can create something out of nothing in the Heavens and the Earth. It does not seem like it would be much of a challenge for him to create something from existing matter, by changing bread and wine into his body and blood. We see him change existing matter by once again looking at the miracles he performs for the crippled, the sick, and even the dead. Early Christians unanimously believed this to be the truth, but it has been watered down in meaning through time.
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