This post is one that has been a long time coming, but is also a bit different than all the others. In this one, Mary is going to act just like she does in the bible when the people want to praise her and lift her up just as high as her Son. (FYI, that’s hugely paraphrased). Mary is going to take the back burner—because this post is about her Son, and Mary always steps away from the spot-light where her Son is considered.
So here’s this awesome picture:
What makes it even more incredibly awesome is that all four of those pictures, are the same thing.
Christ’s sacrifice, His crucifixion by us broken human sinners, His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, are present in the Eucharist, which has been transformed (proper term transubstantiation) from bread and wine, into our saving Grace.
Let’s go to the bible for a minute, specifically John 6: 48-58
“I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
Let’s break this down a bit, because Jesus repeats Himself several times. Here’s the gist of what He’s saying.
Jesus is the bread of life.
Our ancestors ate manna, and died.
Jesus is the bread of life that comes from heaven, so that we may eat it and have eternal life.
His body (the bread of life)—is a sacrifice which He gives so that we can have eternal life.
The Jews quarreled.
Jesus said Amen, Amen (so be it, so be it), I say to you, unless you eat my flesh (the bread of life) and drink my blood, you will not achieve eternal life.
Jesus says my flesh is TRUE FOOD and my blood is TRUE DRINK.
Jesus says the living Father sent Him, and He has life because of the Father, so if we feed on Christ, we will have eternal life because of Christ, because the Father gave Him that life.
Let’s focus on one sentence of the above real quick:
“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”
But Leviticus 17:10-14 says “As for anyone, whether of the house of Israel or of the aliens residing among them, who consumes any blood, I will set myself against that individual and will cut that person off from among the people, since the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement on the altar for yourselves, because it is the blood as life that makes atonement. That is why I have told the Israelites: No one among you, not even a resident alien, may consume blood. Anyone hunting,whether of the Israelites or of the aliens residing among them, who catches an animal or a bird that may be eaten, shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth, since the life of all flesh is its blood. I have told the Israelites: You shall not consume the blood of any flesh. Since the life of all flesh is its blood, anyone who consumes it shall be cut off.”
Oh, but what is this? “ since the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement on the altar for yourselves, because it is the blood as life that makes atonement.”
God has given us the life of the flesh in blood in atonement on an altar for ourselves? And it is through this blood as life that makes that atonement?
So Christ, having life within Him BECAUSE OF THE FATHER, tells us that His flesh is true food , and His blood is true drink, and that we must eat and drink of it in order to have eternal life, and some of us don’t believe Him?
Mighty interesting I must say.
Okay, so another beef I have with the Leviticus argument is that yes, Christ is telling us to eat His flesh and drink His blood, BUT He has said that it is true food and true drink. If He didn’t want us to do this, or to look at it symbolically, why would He call it true? Wouldn’t it be false or fake? (synonymous as it is, it proves a point).
Someone who I have argued this point before said to me that in order to eat someone we would have to kill them first, right? –I wanted so much to just point this out to her, but I had already said that I wouldn’t comment on the blog post that I was commenting on anymore because we had reached a moot point, and no one was getting anywhere anymore. BUT, my answer would have been that WE DID KILL CHRIST ALREADY. (hello, man’s greatest sin, but also our salvation) the crucifixion.
Okay, so now that’s over and done with, let’s travel to the incarnation.
Incarnation= The WORD becoming FLESH.
Here’s another scriptural argument against the Eucharist (and Catholicism’s general “disregard for the bible” that I will address and use to further my cause for the Eucharist being awesome (rather cleverly I might add.)
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
Okay, so that’s pretty simple. Man doesn’t live on bread alone, but from the word that comes from God’s mouth.
Here’s the clever part:
When Mary said yes to the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation, the Incarnation happened, which means that the Word became Flesh. Jesus calls Himself the bread of life, who was given life because of the Father. In order to have ANY life whatsoever, God has to breathe life into us at the beginning: so literally, Jesus is the Word and the Bread that gives us life, that CAME from God’s mouth.
BAM. I just blew your mind.
So folks, that’s why the Eucharist, Mary, and that picture up above are awesome, because those four mini-pictures, are all the same perfect thing, all wrapped into one amazing, life-giving package.
Salve et Vale. (Hail and Farewell)