Couple of months ago, I responded to a YouTube video (unfortunately the video has been removed already) and this was what I wrote to her:
God will always have mercy on you so long as you pray sincerely and ask for forgiveness. Go back to your old church during the daytime and just sit there and feel the comfort and love that fills you. After 20 years, I went to confession & then communion & I knew I wanted God back in my life & I needed to be around people who also felt that way. So go to mass, start studying about our beautiful faith & pray the Rosary for grace to help you thru. I don't know you but I will pray for you even though your comment was 1 yr ago.
Please remember that Jesus Said:
"I AM the living bread which came down from heaven... except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood; you shall not have life in you... He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day... my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed... he that eateth this bread shall live forever..." Read John 6:36-67
1st Century Christian and student of St. John the Evangelist said:
"They that abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes" (Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:2--7:1 [A.D. 110]). - St. Ignatius Bishop of Antioch
Justin Martyr said:
"For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh." Justin Martyr, First Apology, 66 (c. A.D. 110-165).
John 6:27,31,49 - there is a parallel between the manna in the desert which was physically consumed, and this "new" bread which must be consumed.
John 6:51-52- Jesus says that the bread He is referring to is His flesh. The Jews take Him literally and immediately question such a teaching. How can this man give us His flesh to eat?
John 6:53 - 58 - Jesus does not correct their literal interpretation. Instead, Jesus eliminates any metaphorical interpretations by swearing an oath and being even more literal about eating His flesh. In fact, Jesus says four times we must eat His flesh and drink His blood. Catholics thus believe that Jesus makes present His body and blood in the sacrifice of the Mass. Protestants, if they are not going to become Catholic, can only argue that Jesus was somehow speaking symbolically.
John 6:23-53 - however, a symbolic interpretation is not plausible. Throughout these verses, the Greek text uses the word "phago" nine times. "Phago" literally means "to eat" or "physically consume." Like the Protestants of our day, the disciples take issue with Jesus' literal usage of "eat." So Jesus does what?
John 6:54, 56, 57, 58 - He uses an even more literal verb, translated as "trogo," which means to gnaw or chew or crunch. He increases the literalness and drives his message home. Jesus will literally give us His flesh and blood to eat. The word "trogo" is only used two other times in the New Testament (in Matt. 24:38 and John13:18) and it always means to literally gnaw or chew meat. While "phago" might also have a spiritual application, "trogo" is never used metaphorically in Greek. So Protestants cannot find one verse in Scripture where "trogo" is used symbolically, and yet this must be their argument if they are going to deny the Catholic understanding of Jesus' words. Moreover, the Jews already knew Jesus was speaking literally even before Jesus used the word "trogo" when they said "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?" (John 6:52).
John 6:55 - to clarify further, Jesus says "For My Flesh is food indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed." This phrase can only be understood as being responsive to those who do not believe that Jesus' flesh is food indeed, and His blood is drink indeed. Further, Jesus uses the word which is translated as "sarx." "Sarx" means flesh (not "soma" which means body). See, for example, John1:13,14; 3:6; 8:15; 17:2; Matt. 16:17; 19:5; 24:22; 26:41; Mark 10:8; 13:20; 14:38; and Luke 3:6; 24:39 which provides other examples in Scripture where "sarx" means flesh. It is always literal.
John 6:55 - further, the phrases "real" food and "real" drink use the word "alethes." "Alethes" means "really" or "truly," and would only be used if there were doubts concerning the reality of Jesus' flesh and blood as being food and drink. Thus, Jesus is emphasizing the miracle of His body and blood being actual food and drink.
John 6:60 - as are many anti-Catholics today, Jesus' disciples are scandalized by these words. They even ask, "Who can 'listen' to it (much less understand it)?" To the unillumined mind, it seems grotesque.
John 6:61-63 - Jesus acknowledges their disgust. Jesus' use of the phrase "the spirit gives life" means the disciples need supernatural faith, not logic, to understand His words.
Former Baptist preacher, Steve Ray defending the Eucharist using history, the Church Fathers, Scripture, etc. "To be deep in history is to cease being Protestant" - John Henry Cardinal Newman. http://www.catholic-convert.com/ is Steve Ray's site,
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