During our Mass, we have a two-fold a course in miracles podcast. We consecrate the bread into the Body of Christ, and we consecrate the wine into the Blood of Christ. This is that re-creation of the Sacrifice of the Cross. And that has been the focal point of Christianity. An historian of the early Church taught that the Church would not have lasted beyond the first hundred years if it had not been for the Eucharist. Never would have lasted. And when we come down through the centuries, they did everything they could to deny the Real Presence of Jesus. Anything to get us away from the Real Presence of the Eucharist and the Cross. All these heresies down through the centuries have done the same thing. It’s been an ongoing battle. Take away the importance of the Eucharist. Confuse the issue. Make it into something else. And so Our Lord does battle with these heretics by giving us Miracles of the Eucharist.
Now, I’ve had priests tell us “I don’t need Miracles of the Eucharist.”
And I have to admit, in my weakness, I do need Miracles of the Eucharist. When I can’t go to two churches and hear the Word taught with the same truth, which is according to the Magisterium of the Church, when I am told that words are being put into the mouth of Jesus, and one tradition that comes down from Jesus Himself, is denied from the pulpit of my Church, I need something to hold onto. And then I remember Miracles of the Eucharist, and I come to the truth of what’s happening on the altar, that at this moment, what appears to be a piece of bread, at the moment of Consecration, turns into my Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.
There’s a heresy based on pride. If you remember Genesis 3:15, it goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. This New Age heresy that we’ve got today which is so popular, is from the Garden of Eden. God knows that you will be as intelligent as He. You won’t die if you eat that fruit. He knows that you’re going to be as smart as He is. That’s why He doesn’t want you to eat that fruit. You can be as God. You can be God. That started in Genesis. We condemned that one. It came back again in 18th century, and we came up with this beautiful gift that the Lord gave us, through Our Pope Blessed Pius IX, where he proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Mary, to fight Pantheism, which started in the Garden of Eden, and now is back again under New Age, and is called Pantheism again. You are God.
We’re watching Oprah Winfrey one time when they were talking about New Age and this guy comes on her show with a book, “I wrote this book,” he says, “Jesus found the God in Him that I found in me.” Gimme a break!
But this is what it is. It’s been going on forever. St. Ignatius talked about the Eucharist in the 2nd century. He wrote “But pray for me that God give me the grace within as well as without, not only to say it but desire it, that I may not only be called, but that I may be found a Christian.”
There’s a saying, if you stood trial for being a Christian, would you be found guilty?
“Suffer me to be the food of wild beasts, through which I may attain unto God.” He was on his way to Rome to be martyred in the Coliseum. He begged his followers not to try to stop him. And when we read this again just recently, we’ve been studying the Mass – the background – the Old Testament.
You know what the Jews did in the Old Testament? They would laden a goat with wood, representing the sins of the people. And they would lead the goat out into the desert, to be devoured by wild animals. St. Alphonsus Ligouri wrote that Our Lord Jesus was the perfect sacrificial lamb, laden down with the sins of the world and led out into the desert to be destroyed.