Monday, January 28, 2013

Yet another reason Catholics use bread and wine for the Communion...

...is that Jesus did the same at the Last Supper. 

When we participate in the Eucharist at Mass we participate in that original Eucharist at Jesus' Last Supper and in the new Passover (which Jesus was celebrating the night before he died).

Less obvious is the callback to Genesis 14:18 with Melchizedek offering bread and wine. We wouldn't give this much thought except Psalm 110 says the future messiah will be a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek. At the time of the psalm the priests were in the line of Aaron and offered mostly animal sacrifices. This psalm foretells a new priest who will do things differently.

The letter to the Hebrews again draws the comparison to Melchizedek and declares Christ the final high priest who offers himself once for all instead of again and again.

When we participate in the Eucharist we use bread and wine because Jesus did, because the Passover did, and because the new priesthood Jesus founded was foretold to.

This is yet another reason Catholics only use bread and wine for Communion.

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