The greater implications of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

640px-Flagellation-of-christ-_RubensFirst, and foremost, Jesus is ‘a sign of contradiction.’ His Body and Blood represent both (the) salvation and (an) obstacle to the world. Jesus, Body and Blood, is salvation for those who embrace Him in faith, in the Creed, in the Church, in the Sacred Scriptures, in the Liturgy, in the Sacraments, in prayer, in humble suffering, and in compassionate and charitable solidarity with those who suffer.

Jesus, Body and Blood, is an obstacle to those who lack faith and see religion as an impediment to ‘progress’ and the purely human construction of a utopian-secularist-syncretistic worldview. It is an obstacle to those who oppose faith in the Mystery of Christ, who oppose the credibility of the Creed, who oppose the Reality of the Church, who see only superstitious myth and ritual in liturgy, sacrament, and prayer, who see no value in suffering, and hold no compassionate solidarity, other than condescending pity, toward those who suffer various human impoverishments.

In other words, Jesus’ Body and Blood is a source of unity, or division.

Jesus spoke both these truths to us in Sacred Scripture.

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21

The Trinity is three Persons in One in Mystery, received in faith. Jesus is both fully human and fully God, received in faith. The Church is one, though shattered in many pieces. ‘God is Love’ and Love seeks unity. The Eucharist, the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord, the communion of the faithful, heavenly, and on earth.

The Body and Blood of Jesus brings both unity and peace to those who seek and accept it.

But Jesus also said: ‘ [ Not Peace but Division ] “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Luke 12:49

When Jesus told his disciples, and those curious stragglers, that they had to eat his flesh and drink his blood for salvation, there was a mass exodus from Jesus (John: 6:66). Likewise, Catholics who rarely attend Mass on Sunday seem to think the same way (Just look at the Pew Polls). Belief in the Incarnation, in gospel morality, in the necessity of bearing one’s Cross in order to find Resurrection, and in Apostolic Church Authority, are tied to faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

After all, it is more convenient socially, ethically, and morally to follow a Jesus who is not tangibly Present with us today. The Body and Blood of Jesus demand adherence to God’s Way in the Cross.

Any other Jesus is an escape from reality!

God bless.

Published by: Thomas Yanoti MTS

I am a graduate of Ave Maria University--the Institute for Pastoral Theology (IPT), with a Master of Theological Studies degree (MTS). I love Theology. I love the Church. I love the Sacraments, particularly the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the Most Blessed Sacrament--the Eucharist. I love them most because they bring me closer to the Mercy of Jesus. I also love His Truth...found in His Church's Teaching and in Sacred Scripture. I hope to share this Treasure Chest of Wisdom, and learn from the people of God I encounter in this blog. For in each of us is the Holy Spirit of God, and each of us brings Jesus to each other in our shared faith, hope, and charity.

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