This is My Body!

Roman Catholicism teaches that “Remembering the work of redemption is continually accomplished in the mystery of the Eucharistic sacrifice that priests are to celebrate frequently”. This teaching is often hidden behind a confusing dichotomy between ‘literalism’ v ‘symbolism’, but this is not the purpose of this article. Christ’s sacrifice should be often remembered but it can be neither repeated, nor perpetuated upon Roman Catholics’ altars – “the sacrifice of the Mass”.

“Declared present on the altar through the miracle of transubstantiation (which only the Catholic priest can perform) is the “true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, who is really and substantially present under the appearance of bread and wine in order to offer Himself in the sacrifice of the Mass and to be received as spiritual food in Holy Communion.”1

This article examines such claims and many other suggestions, in the light of the clear biblical teaching on remembering the finished work on Calvary in the breaking of bread (the Lord’s Table). In fact, in John 19:30, the Lord said: “It is finished”, and as a songwriter rightly says: “The wrath of God was satisfied”! To repeat or to perpetuate the sacrifice of Christ, His pre-crucifixion must be reconstituted. In Roman Catholicism, this stunning feat is allegedly accomplished through the ‘miracle’ of transubstantiation: changing bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. Therefore, “the priest is indispensable, since he alone by his powers can change the elements of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ”.

Reality or Heresy?

The distinctive mark of the Catholic Eucharist is the alleged power of the priests to, upon Catholic altars, recreate the literal body of Christ and then to offer Him to God in the “sacrifice of the Mass” in which Jesus Christ is immolated and Christ perpetuates, in an unbloody manner, the sacrifice offered on the cross. As the late Dave Hunt put it, “This is either the most vital and miraculous reality or the most diabolical fraud- there is no middle ground”.

The Bible

● The Bread

Yes, in John 6:48-56 the Lord taught that: “I am that bread of life […] He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood dwells in Me and I in Him”. The bread here has nothing to do with the Catholic Eucharist, as clearly seen in verse 49. In this verse, the Lord compares Himself (Bread from Heaven) with the manna in the wilderness. In Deuteronomy 8:3, we read: “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread [natural] alone; but man lives by every word [made flesh (John 1:14) or Bread from Heaven] that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord”. “Eat my flesh” needs to be understood in the context of the “Word became flesh” as stated in John 1:14. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

● The Blood

The blood of Christ was shed once for all, and that was never to be repeated. We read in Hebrews 9:24- 28a :

“ For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.”

And in Leviticus 17:11,

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood [not the wine!] that makes atonement for the soul.”

Just like His flesh (Heavenly Bread) is His life given for the redemption of the world, the blood of Jesus Christ is the life of God given to redeem humankind - the body is broken to allow the blood to flow! We are not cannibals and the wine we partake at the Lord’s Table is a representation of the blood that was shed on the cross- not the actual blood, nor is the bread of which we partake the actual body of Christ. The Lord’s Table is an institution, a remembrance of the reality of what the Lord did for us on the cross. The Church has only two institutions – these are ‘musts’ for every believer in Jesus Christ- Baptism and the Lord’s Table. However, the Catholic Church celebrates its own seven sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance and Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony). Fr. Mike Schmitz inviting people “to believe that the Eucharist is truly the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ because Jesus said it himself2” is unbiblical and must simply be rejected. He also stated: “The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children- parental discretion is advised”. This statement is also disputable as children are also to read the Bible for themselves prayerfully because “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

2 Peter 1:16a

“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ […]”, “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Ephesians 4:11-14).

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30).

The Greek word for “it is finished” is teleo or tetelestai (perfect tense) meaning: to bring to a close, to finish, to end, passed, or finished as “paid in full!”. Therefore, Christ’s sacrifice was never to be repeated, but only remembered as commanded in 1 Corinthians 11:24-26, which says: “And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”

1 John A. Hardon, S.J. Pocket Catholic Dictionary (Doubleday, 1966), p.32
Father Hardon also wrote his revised version in 1985, the Pocket Catholic Dictionary which is a comprehensive, one-volume reference work containing definitions and explanations of the key terms of Roman Catholicism. He has carefully selected some 2,000 entries from his original master tome of over 5,000 terms that comprise Modern Catholic Dictionary. Furthermore, this pocket edition reflects changes in the newly revised Code of Canon Law. It contains definitions in the areas of the Catholic faith, worship, morals, history, theology, spirituality. The only such dictionary compiled since Vatican Council II, and incorporating post-conciliar terms and expressions, it is alphabetically arranged with appropriate cross-references.

2 The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) – Day 100: This Is My Body (2023)

Is All Truth God's Truth?

One of the key features of  the end-times is the increasing spiritual deception. In fact, the Bible warns EXPRESSLY against it. Demonically-inspired, greedy, and self-seeking will be the driving forces in leading many people astray.

"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons"
(I Timothy 4:1)

Obeying and trusting the Word of God, as well as  living by it  means that we can stand firm against arguments and every high thing that tries to exalt itself above the knowledge of the living God.

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ"
(II Corinthians 10:4‭-‬5)

Particular groups of 'Enlightened' or 'sophisticated' people, such as so-called 'Christian psychologists',  are at the forefront of the growing trend of spiritual deception. Their classic response to sola scriptura is, “Indeed not!” However, their extrabiblical sources  of 'truth'  and knowledge are  theories of anti-Christian humanists. They say:  “All truth is God’s truth"!

Yet, Jesus Christ says authoritatively that He is The TRUTH, and that He came into this world to bear witness to the truth.

Therefore let no one  cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit. 


The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek philos (loving) and sophos (wise) meaning literally love of wisdom. Human philosophy  contrasts with God's wisdom and knowledge,  which are only found in Jesus Christ.

In this fierce battle of hearts and minds, we need to embrace the word of God wholeheartedly. It is the  sword of the Spirit that  counters the devastating assaults of poisonous humanistic philosophies.

"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
(Hebrews 4:12)

Is all truth God's truth? No!

Do all roads lead to Rome? Maybe!

Is Jesus the only Way to God? Absolutely!

Jesus Christ says:

"Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."
(John 17:17)

Therefore I conclude that all 'truth' is not God's TRUTH!


The Untamed 'Horror'

"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." (Ephesians 4:29‭-‬30)

"Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh." (James 3:5‭-‬12)

When we are tempted to say something unwholesome or unkind, we must stop and think. When we are hurt, angry, or frustrated, it is tempting to let corrupt words come from our mouths. Instead, we should strive to speak only words that uplift and bless others. Therefore, before we speak, we should consider if the words that we are preparing to speak are edifying or corrupt. Do they extend grace to hearers or do they simply wound? God's Word tells us that what comes out of our mouths is a reflection of our hearts.
Let our words show others that we love and follow Jesus.

Let's Pray:

"Dear God, it is so easy for me to allow corrupt words to come out of my mouth, particularly when I am angered, frustrated, misunderstood or unfairly treated. But, You can fill me with Your great Spirit of self-control to battle this temptation. You promised that no temptation will overtake me, that is uncommon. And that with ever temptation, You will graciously provide a way out. I wholly stand on this wonderful promise O my Lord.

Thank You for giving me Your perfect example of loving others and extending grace. May my words ever reflect Your heart, O Lord. Help me use words that edify and bless others rather than wound them.

Purify my mind and heart deep within, so that my words are a reflection of Your loving heart. It is only because of Your Son Jesus Christ, and Your grace that I can overcome this untamed 'horror'. I desperately need Your help in this particular area.

O Lord, Help of the helpless, abide with me!
Thank You for Your faithfulness.

In Jesus' name, amen."



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