THE REAL PRESENCE
“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them,
Friday, April 15, 2011
FOR MY FLESH IS TRUE FOOD
by Catholic Apologetics Tim Hollingworth
The Bible is the unerring word of God. Jesus Christ is the unerring Word of God.
Non-Catholic Christians who see the bread of life discourse in general, and Jesus' words about "Eating his flesh" in particular, as purely metaphorical; symbolic language used by Christ to represent acceptance of the word of God (the Bible) and the Word of God (Jesus Christ) into our heart as nourishment for our souls, should take note of the verb used for the word "Eat" in the original Greek text.
This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the word. The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "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." (John 6:50-53)
In quoting Jesus Christ in verses 49 throuh 53 above, St. John chose to use the Greek verb phago. The lexicon at the Protestant bible study site Heartlight's Search God's Word defines the word phago as:
1. to eat
2. to eat (consume) a thing