iSoul In the beginning is reality

The Eucharistic presence

I

The Medium, the Message, and the Meaning of God is God. One cannot communicate with God apart from the Spirit of God and the Word of God.

The ultimate meaning of God is not outside of God. There is no-one and nothing beyond God that God points to. The meaning of God is God.

God is im-mediate, ever here and now. God has no mediator or medium (small m). The mediator of God is God the Mediator, the God-Man, Jesus Christ. The medium of God is God the Medium, the Holy Spirit.

The Way to God is God, the Truth of God is God, and the Life of God is God. One cannot find God or know God or live in God apart from God the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

The Gospel is the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Jesus Christ. It is not merely the way He described but the Way He lived and lives. It is not merely the truth He taught but the Truth that He lived and lives. It is not merely the story of His life, or the fact of His life, but His Life itself.

II

God is omni-present though obscured to the five sense faculties. By the spiritual faculty of faith we can perceive the omni-presence of God. But the Scriptures speak of special manifestations of God’s presence that are perceived by sense faculties and by faith.

Consider the Burning Bush of Moses, for example. God was present in the Burning Bush to Moses’ senses and his spirit. Moses saw a bush that was burning and revelation showed it to be a manifestation of God. The ground of the Burning Bush was holy ground.

The Burning Bush was a token of God. A token of God is not God but presents God, makes God present. God was present in the Burning Bush in a sense beyond His omni-presence in all bushes. This meaning of God’s presence is called the Real Presence of God.

God in Christ has established tokens of remembrance in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharistic Feast. God is present in the Eucharistic Bread and Wine in a sense beyond His omni-presence in all bread and wine. God reveals Himself in the Bread and Wine.

We partake of the Flesh and Blood of God in the Eucharistic Feast. As the sense faculties perceive the Eucharistic Bread and Wine, the spiritual faculty perceives the Flesh and Blood of God. The ground of the Eucharistic Bread and Wine is holy ground. In the Eucharistic Feast is the Real Presence of God.

2008

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