The Eucharist: The Decisive Victory

Author: ks. Mieczysław Piotrowski TChr

The human heart is a battleground. It is the site of a perennial struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, life and death. On the one hand, we desire eternal happiness; on the other, we fall prey to temptations that present sin in such a glamorous light as to persuade us that it is the source of our happiness rather than our worst tragedy.

Questioning the Eucharist

Christ’s listeners were shocked on being told that only those who ate His body and drank His blood could have eternal life (Jn 6:54). Scandalized by these words, they disputed with one another: “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (Jn 6:52). For many of the listeners Christ’s teaching of the Eucharist was intolerable: “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” (Jn 6:60). As a result, many disciples became disenchanted, stopped believing in Jesus, and left Him (Jn 6:66). It was at that moment, upon hearing Jesus’ teaching about the Eucharist, that betrayal was born in the heart of Judas. Christ Himself tells us this: “‘Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?’ He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was to betray him” (Jn 6:64).
Having imparted His teaching of the Eucharist, Jesus was aware that His disciples murmured against Him. Hence He asked rhetorically: “Do you take offense at this?” (Jn 6:61). And He proceeded to tell them of the mystery of the glorification of His humanity through His passion, death, and resurrection. What happened to the body of Jesus after His death and resurrection?

 

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