Eucharistic Apologetics

"Flesh" and "Eating" in John 6

Written by Boniface

If you have ever dialogued with Protestants about the comments the Lord makes about Himself in John 6, you have probably come across the objection that when Christ says "eat My flesh" He is using figurative language, similar to when He says "I am the Door" or "I am the True Vine." There certainly are times when our Lord speaks figuratively, but is John 6 one of those places? Much hinges on this question, since upon it depends our interpretation of the place of the Eucharist in Christian theology. Fortunately, we do not need to rely solely on our own opinions or interpretive traditions for the answer. The Greek itself gives us some very interesting insights into what our Lord meant when He said, "My flesh is true food and My blood is true drink."

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Does transubstantiation happen in time?

Written by Boniface

The perennial teaching of the Catholic Church on the change of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass (transubstantiation) is that, after the consecration, the substance of the bread and wine have truly been replaced by the substance of the Body of Christ - His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The change is full and complete; no part of bread or wine remains after the change has been effected. This is contrary to the doctrine of consubstantiation affirmed by the Lollards and later by Luther, whereby the substance of the body and blood of Christ are present alongside the substance of the bread and wine, which remain present.

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Is the Eucharist cannibalism?

Written by Boniface

It does not happen to often, but once in a great while I run into the cannibalism argument against the Eucharist. It is an interesting argument, but if the person you are talking with actually accuses Catholics of practicing cannibalism, then it demonstrates that he at least understands the seriousness with which we say that Jesus is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, even if he does get the particulars wrong; at least he understands that we take the phrase "Body and Blood" seriously.

So, what do we respond when somebody attacks the Holy Eucharist on the ground that to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus would be cannibalism?

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