There are quite a few differences between Catholicism, which is the Church started by Jesus Christ, and the protestant splinters, but one is more significant than the rest – the Eucharist. The entire Catholic Mass is centered on the beautiful sacrament of the Eucharist. We believe that the bread and wine transform into the body and blood of our savior Jesus Christ. Although I should use the term we loosely because over 60% of Catholics don’t believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
Why could such a heart wrenching number of Catholics not believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ? The answer lies within the Mass itself.
Every Catholic knows that the formation then implementation of the Second Vatican Council brought about some major changes. Directly impacting the Mass itself, and not in a positive way. There were six Protestants leaders who had a direct impact on aspects of the Mass. This is affirmed by Fr. Annibale Bugnini, the author of the Novus Ordo, “We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Protestants…”
Let’s say there are two friends, Jeff and Dan, who like to make pottery together. Dan decides he doesn’t agree with the materials used in pottery making so he starts making art canvases. At every turn he disagrees with Jeff, even going so far to try and discredit Jeff with his pottery making. Dan then gets more friends on board with him but then they decide to turn against Dan, each going their own separate ways. Then you have Jeff who was staying strong in his convictions about pottery making. He begins to waver because he wants to still be friends with Dan and the others who left, so he starts painting pottery on Canvases to please the others.
Moral of the story? The Mass should never have been changed to accompany those who broke away from the truth. Protestant groups are praising the new Mass, going so far as to say they are acceptable in their Churches. Does anyone else see the extreme error of this? Why should Christ’s Church change to accompany those that are preaching heresies?
This is a huge reason why 29% of Catholics have adopted the John Zwingli theology that the Mass merely is an act of symbolism of Jesus. While 24% hold on to the Calvinist theology that the bread and wine transform into the body and blood because of their faith.
Mass is an obligation but it shouldn’t be treated merely as something we’re supposed to do but something we should want to do. It is a small chunk of time for an enormous sacrifice that Jesus made for us. All He asks is for an hour of our time and an hour during Holy Days of Obligation. I’ve witnessed before a very nonchalant attitude towards Mass, people chewing gum, looking at their cell phones, etc. Then when going up to receive communion, it’s as if some have no idea what they are about to partake in. This is the true presence of Jesus Christ, how can you not bow down to the King? We must again teach the importance of Mass, the importance of Communion and the importance of being Catholic. If not, I am afraid these numbers will continue to increase and the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist will be forgotten. Where does that leave Jesus? Alone in a Tabernacle, forgotten by those very people He came to save.
I leave you with this:
Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” – Jesus. John 6:53-58
Please give me strength to stand strong in the faith I have in You,
To spread the message to others who are hardened to it.
I may come face to face with adversity,
But help me to remember that You did as well.