Sunday, June 19, 2011

Quick Bible Answers: The Eucharist

Have you ever been in a discussion with a non-Catholic Christian on the topic of the Eucharist and have never been able to tell them where in the Bible the evidence for this is? I mean, you're a good Catholic and all; you know what the Bible pretty much says but locating it is another matter. Fear no further, because here is a very quick reference guide to help out!

John 6:35-57 -- the Eucharist is promised
Matthew 26:26 (Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19) -- the sacrament of the Eucharist is instituted
1 Corinthians 10:16 -- the Eucharist is participation in Christ's body and blood
1 Corinthians 11:23-29 -- Receiving the bread and the wine in an unworthy manner is to profane against the body and blood of Christ
Exodus 12:8, 46 -- the Paschal (Passover) lamb had to be eaten
John 1:29 -- Jesus is referred to as "the Lamb of God..." by St. John the Baptist
1 Corinthians 5:7 -- Jesus is called the "paschal lamb who has been sacrificed"
Exodus 16 & Numbers 11 -- the "manna", i.e. the bread that fell from Heaven which Jesus speaks of in John 6

... And if you like to teach your friends about what the early Christians believed about the Eucharist you can give them this which St. Ignatius of Antioch (a disciple of the first disciples and later Bishop of Antioch after St. Peter) wrote in a letter to the Smyrnaeans in around 110AD:

"[heretics] abstain from Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the Flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ..." - Letter to Smyrnaeans 6, 2, 2.

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