How is the Eucharist Not Cannibalism?

Posted By on October 6, 2019


Aeres in San Antonio, Texas, listening on
Guadalupe Radio. Aeres, you are on with Jim Blackburn, what’s your question? My
question is, when we eat the Eucharist how are we not cannibals? Okay, Aires.
Great question. Can I ask how old you are, Aeries? I am 12. 12, okay. That’s a great
question, something for somebody your age to be thinking about. And I can tell
you that this isn’t something that is really an odd question; it’s something
that in the early Church, there were–the early Christians were actually accused
of cannibalism, because we’re eating the body and blood of Jesus when we
partake in the Eucharist. But if we correctly understand what cannibalism is,
we can see that that’s not really what’s happening at all. Cannibalism, we will
either– as cannibalism exists around the world
even today, it ultimately would generally require the killing of someone in order
to eat that person’s flesh. You know, this is how in some third-world countries
cannibalism might happen today, but that’s not what we’re doing in the in
the case of Jesus. Jesus gave us His body. He laid down his body for us, for the
forgiveness of our sins and then He commanded us to eat his flesh and drink
his blood. In John chapter 6 He tells us to do that. But we’re doing it in an
unbloody way. Now we receive the Eucharist in the form of bread and wine;
it looks like food that we ordinarily would eat, and so we–we’re consuming Him
in that way, consuming His flesh in that way, but it’s, we’re not actually
digesting it. Something that a lot of people don’t realize is that once we
receive the the Eucharist, and it’s entered our stomach and our digestive
system, once it loses the appearance of bread and wine and starts to
dissolve into the “what it’s made of,” the accidents that change, and it no
longer has the appearance of bread and wine, it’s no longer at that point
actually the body and blood of Christ. So the Real Presence of Christ actually
leaves at that moment, at that point. So we’re not going on then to digest Jesus, you know, like we would if we were eating the flesh, body, and blood of
another human being that we’ve killed to eat as food. So I hope that helps a
little bit, Aeries. It’s a very unique thing that’s happening in the Eucharist,
and God Himself has commanded us to do it for our good, because it gives us life,
it gives us the supernatural life that we receive from the Sacrament, so it’s a
very very good thing.

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