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THE MYSTERY OF THE EUCHARIST: Special Section commentary

By Msgr. Charles Pope, EWTN News, 10/24/19

There is no doubt in Scripture or Church teaching that Jesus Christ is truly present in the Holy Eucharist.

— “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And likewise the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood’” (Luke 22:19-20).

— The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a partaking in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a partaking in the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 10:16).

— They recognized him in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24:35).

— “For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Corinthians 11:29).

— “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any one eats of this bread, he will live forever, and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (John 6:51).

This last quote especially makes it clear that we are not permitted to think of the Eucharist as a symbol or in metaphorical terms. ….