Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Almighty Answer 4: The Real Presence of Jesus now?

If Jesus is really present in the bread and wine of communion, why does he hide himself?

The way we know Jesus is present in the world now after his Ascension is through signs and the Eucharist is the greatest of these signs because he is really present to nourish us.  But his presence is always that of a sign as we journey towards heaven when all signs will be unnecessary.  In the Blessed Sacrament Jesus doesn't hide but shows himself.  But because it is a sign, the way we see him will be through the eyes of faith.  Further, Jesus nourishes us by the Eucharist, really eating and drinking him in the sign of the banquet.  But this is only necessary because we don't yet see him face to face.

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