Are there any other New Testament passages that teach the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist?
May 24, 2020, 12:00 PM
Yes, there are. Among others…
St. Paul talks about how the “Eucharist makes the Church” (CCC 1396) in 1 Corinthians 10:16-17:
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of one loaf.
He speaks also in 1 Corinthians 11:23-30 about the importance of receiving Holy Communion worthily – specifically by recognizing the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and not just receiving Him as regular food:
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgement on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying.
We see the early disciples recognizing the Risen Lord “in the breaking of the bread” in Luke 24:13-35 – after which He instantly disappears, an indication of His presence now with them in the Eucharist.
In Acts 2:41-43, we can see the centrality of the Mass in the life of the early Church:
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day. They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
Again, these are only some of the places, and this might surprise you: the Mass is also described throughout the book of Revelation.