What's up, y'all? Transubstantiation, that's what. Word, wear it!
"This is my body...This is my blood." He meant it. The sacrifice of the last supper is the one and the same sacrifice as the crucifixion, and that sacrifice with its graces lie outside of space and time. (Read about or listen to Dr. Scott Hahn's research on The Fourth Cup to learn about the one sacrifice of the Last Supper and Crucifixion—seriously, check it out). Thus, when we celebrate the Mass, we participate in that same sacrifice offered at that point in time for all of time. We access the substance of Christ's body and blood as it is re-presented to us in the form of bread and wine. No symbolism here, folks, the Eucharist is truly Jesus' body, blood, soul, and divinity, which He wants us to partake of. In His own words, "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him." (John 6:54-56) Then, when He offers the sacrifice of His flesh and blood to us, He says, "Take, eat," and, "Drink of it, all of you," (Mt 26:26-27).
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