Aug 13, 2015

Sunday Sermon, August 9 -- What we mean when we say that Jesus is present in the Eucharist

Sunday Sermon of August 9 -- On what the Church really means when she teaches us that Jesus is truly and really present in the Blessed Sacrament.

To understand Jesus' presence in the Eucharist, we must know that the Church believes in transubstantiation which means that, by the power of the words of the priest, the whole substance of bread is changed into the substance of Christ's body and the whole substance of wine is changed into the substance of Christ's blood (and because the body and blood are united in heaven, the whole Christ is present under each species, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity), yet the accidental properties of bread and wine remain.

It is the substance (the underlying reality) that changes, while the accidents (the sensible and physical attributes) remain the same.
From this dogma, we can answer certain questions: Could I get sick from drinking the Precious Blood during flu season? Could a consecrated Host decay? Is Jesus present in the tabernacle in the same way he was present in Mary's womb? Is the physical body of Jesus really present in the Eucharist? Is Jesus bilocating when he is present in all the tabernacles around the world? And many more!

Listen online [here].