Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

"This IS Really Me" : The Eucharist

In the early fourth century, Saint Epiphanius had this to say regarding the Eucharist:

"We see that the Savior took in His hands, as it is in the Gospel, when He was reclining at the supper; and He took this, and giving thanks, He said: "This is really Me." And He gave to His disciples and said: "This is really Me." And we see that It is not equal nor similar, not to the incarnate image, not to the invisible divinity, not to the outline of His limbs. For It is round of shape, and devoid of feeling. As to Its power, He means to say even of Its grace, "This is really Me"; and none disbelieves His word. For anyone who does not believe the truth in what He says is deprived of grace and of Savior." (The Man Well-Anchored 57)

Once again we see evidence that the early church understood the words of Christ literally. He took his body in his hands at the Last Supper, the First Eucharist, and said “Take and eat; this is my body.”

Today in the Catholic and Orthodox churches, Jesus continues to stretch out his hands to us (through the hands of the priest) and says: This IS Really Me. 

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Blogger Deborah said...

“without the Eucharist, the Church simply does not exist.” Pope Benedict IVX Corpus Christi 2011

July 21, 2012 11:33 AM  
Anonymous susie said...

How profoundly grateful I am to have been 'brought back Home' to receive His Body/Blood and for Him to receive me! Amazing grace for sure!

July 22, 2012 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Christina said...

Fourth century! Wow! ("Modern fabrication" my eye, Protestants.)

July 22, 2012 11:38 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Christina; exactly! As you know there are writings as early as 105 AD that made it clear that the first generation of believers after the apostles held to a Eucharistic theology. Those who claim it was symbolic are sadly deceived , or blinded by shear pride and prejudice. Even Christ's words don't faze these folks who deny the real presence

July 22, 2012 11:59 PM  

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