Real presence & life

Easter 3, Saturday

It’s been one helluva long week. Sleep hasn’t come easy to me at night. Every day is a long one.

Wasn’t even able to get to Mass at all this week. For me, that constitutes one reason why it’s been such a long week.

Can’t believe that we’re already halfway through the Easter Season now. Time this year is flying by.

Am hoping to take some time off in maybe the 2nd and 3rd weeks of July. First week of July I’ll have to be at work (meaning that I’ll end up missing the EMP MYF Youth Camp for at least the 3rd year running). Oh well.

But it’s rather fortuitous that in the 2nd week of July, Youth Arise is on here in Brisbane and will be held up at Nudgee College. Matt Maher will be in town along with a whole bunch of bishops and WYD’08 pilgrims from around the world. Am gonna see if I can make it up there for the 10-13 July conference.

Might take the next week off from work too just to give my body and mind some rest. That plus catch the broadcasts on SBS for World Youth Day live from Sydney.

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Theology has been on my mind of late. Earlier on in the week I was trying to reconcile in my head about those little keys to the kingdom that Christ told St. Peter were his so that whatever “you bind on earth would be bound in heaven and whatever loosened on earth would be loosened in heaven” (Matt. 16:19).

How does this particular verse fit in with the Protestant notion that confession is not of a sacramental nature whereby a priest absolves us from sin in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Instead it is all about our inward, subjective feelings after we confess to God alone (God forbid us ever using a confessor and to receive sacramental absolution). And that a priest/minister of the Church has no right to ever absolve sins but only God does.

Can it not be that in sacramental confession and absolution, it is Christ himself who is present in the minister and who is the one who administers, declares, reconciles and absolves the penitent their sins?

And then after that, those very words of Christ when he was in the Upper Room. When he said “This is my body.” and “This is my blood.” About His real presence in those two elements of the bread and the wine. Whether or not it is transubstantiation/metousiosis, consubstantiation, sacramental union or anamnetical real presence (but definitely not impanation) is another issue, but as Flannery O’Connor once put it, “If it’s [i.e. the Eucharist] only a symbol, I say t’hell with it!”.

Fr. William O’Malley put is very succintly in a short homily of his that I read online. Those of you who have seen “The Exorcist” would recognize who on earth Fr. O’Malley is.

+ Pax,
bf 1020hrs

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