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Randy wrote:

Hi, Mike —

I'll be starting RCIA classes in the near future and I have a question about the Eucharist.

  • If the wine is turned to Blood, why do we need the wine?
  • Why can't the Blood just be there?

Randy

  { The Eucharist — Why not just receive His Literal Body and Blood? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Randy —

Thanks for the question.

The Lord Jesus always wants to transmit grace to us in a manner that respects our human nature.
He created it, but he also wants to do it in a way that we are accustom to receiving as human beings.

Examples:

  • Baptism uses water and words
  • Confirmation uses the bishop and his words
  • Confession uses the priest and his words
  • Anointing of the Sick uses oils, a priest and words
  • Marriage uses the couple and their words.

In all the above cases: people, water, oil, etc. are things we are familiar with and associate with all throughout in our life.

Question: Could the Lord have initiated the Eucharist in a manner where:

— the grape wine would visibly change to his Precious Blood?
— the leaven bread would visibly change to a piece of His Flesh?

No, it would defeat the purpose of the Last Supper which was the New Jewish Passover,
Catholics celebrate at every Mass.

It also goes against human nature for any human to eat the raw flesh and blood of another person.

Question:

Then why do Catholics do this?

Answer:

Because Our Lord tells us to this and we obey the Lord and HIS Church.
See John 6:51-70

Remember although The Wine:

  • smells like grape wine,
  • tastes like grape wine, and
  • looks like grape wine,
  • It is NOT grape wine.

For short, the accidents of grape wine are there, but The Substance; the thing that holds it up,
IS the Lord Himself - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Same is true with the Consecrated Host:

Although The Host:

  • smells like unleavened bread,
  • tastes like unleavened bread, and
  • looks like unleavened bread,
  • It is NOT unleavened bread.

It is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord.

Because Our Lord respects the our human nature, being The Author of it, He transmits his grace to us in a manner that we are accustom to receiving:

Eating a dinner: which like I've already said, just so happens to be identical to the Passover meal the Jews celebrated. Why?

Because that's what it is! : )

Hope this helps,

Mike

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