‘Christ through the Holy Spirit makes himself available as the Lamb of God to be consumed continuously. That’s the whole point of the Resurrection, incidentally. The Holy Spirit raises up that body and glorifies it so supernaturally that the body and blood which is glorified may be internationally distributed through the elders and priests of the Church so that all of God’s children can be bound back to the Father in the New Covenant sacrifice of Christ. He didn’t die again. He’s not bleeding and he’s not suffering. He’s reigning in glory and giving us his own flesh and blood.
Where do you get that? From the Old Testament — the manna, the Passover, the sacrifice as it’s described on Calvary as it’s initiated in the Upper Room and as he states right here in verse 51. “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.” Jews stop, wait a second. Hold the phone. “John, what do you mean ‘my flesh?'” Verse 52, “The Jews then disputed among themselves saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'” Cannibalism, paganism, barbarism, sin in the highest degree.
So did Jesus say to them, “I didn’t mean it, guys. I was just kind of, you know, using hyperbole or metaphor.” No. He actually intensifies the scandal. He actually raises the obstacle even higher. “He said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood,’ which Leviticus condemns, the drinking of blood, ‘unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up on 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.”‘
— Scott Hahn —
Rebellion Against God
Sin is rebellion against God.
CCC 1849 “Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods.”
CCC 1850 “Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. … Sin is thus love of oneself even to contempt of God.”
We sin only against God. King David wrote, Ps 51:4 “Against Thee, Thee only have I sinned.” Sin separates us from God because He wants what is best for us, while we have chosen what is worst for us. Sin separates us from ourselves because it destroys our self-respect. Sin separates us from the people we love because we can never be at one with them if we hurt or use them. And sin separates us from life because it makes us closed-in and self-centered.
Catholic teaching recognizes two types of actual sin: venial (Latin: venia, pardon) and mortal (Latin: morte, death).
The Four Essential Elements of a Sin
- A law is involved, such as a moral law.
- God is offended; the divine dimension is always present when we sin.
- Sin is disobedience. We resist God’s grace and disobey His commands.
- The disobedience is deliberate. We know that something is contrary to God’s law but freely disobey anyway.
St. Paul explained sin: Rom 5:12-14 “Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned – sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam.”
The original sin came into the world through Adam.
There are seven capital sins and they are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony and sloth. All the sins we commit are said to flow from these seven deadly sins.