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Musings 2008/222

The Eucharist
Hearing of The Eucharistic Era and other things which indicate that the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in The Most-holy Eucharist of The Universal Church will become evident to all, believer or not - in the Era of Peace - I can not help but wonder how this will occur.
It can not be that we will perceive Christ as He was in Israel 2,000 years ago, nor will we perceive Him as He will be on His Second Coming in glory, which will be on the last day.
Then again, there will have to be something which will be grasped by human senses (even if this is preceded by a spiritual manifestation).
It seems to me that The Reality will be accessible to all the human senses, particularly (I would imagine) to the sight.
If The Reality becomes evident to all, Catholic or not, then the sense of sight must be a prime avenue of witness. Most of the other senses do not become part of the scenario, especially for non-Catholics.
That can only mean one thing - that, after the Consecration, a definite change comes over the sacred Host so that it no longer appears only as bread, but also appears to be Something of a higher order (which It is). This would happen for example, if a brilliant light or aura, or even a warm glow, emanated from The Host.
However, if one human sense perceives the Reality, then it would probably be the case that all senses also do, and this would be realised in actual Communion.
If in the Era of Peace it is a fact that mankind is re-presented with the original perfections of Adam and Eve - with the added advantage to man of Christ's Infinite Merits - then the perception of Jesus Christ in The Eucharist, must become a Wonder and a Sensation.
With original perfections of man, multiplied, the senses will be magnified many times so that what is a wonderful sensation to a sense today, will then be breathtaking in the order of super abundance.
And, if this breathtaking superabundance is available to the human senses, then the extraordinary perception of the Reality in The Eucharist will be that much more superior, splendid and breath-taking!
On the other hand, if it be that the perception of The Reality is initially perceived by
the soul of man in the Era of Peace, then that spiritual perception must explode onto the material senses - I would think.
Even in these present days, the inner wonder of the spiritual sense where the Grace of God is recognised, results in joy to the person and somehow finds experience in the physical senses.
Consider the wonderful relief after Confession and the true joyous sense that many realise after Communion.
However, if the Reality is perceivable by everyone, believer or non-believer, then I would have to consider that the direct perception must be through the human senses which in turn would affect the spiritual.
The fruit of the tree
Genesis 3:6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Thus is the translation of Jewish Scripture revised by Alexander Harkavy.
Here is the moment in the history of all creation when humanity chose to defy The Creator, with the awful help of the devil.
The New American Bible has a similar translation:-
The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eye and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.
However, there is a variance of translation in in the Douay Rheims version:- And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat and fair to the eyes and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof and did eat and gave to her husband who did eat.
Further, the translation by Mon. R. Knox reads thus:-  And with that the woman, who saw that the fruit was good to eat, saw too, how it was pleasant to look at and charmed the eye, took some from the tree and ate it; and she gave some to her husband and he ate with her.
Mons. Knox made a note in his version:- "And charmed the eye - the Hebrew words are sometimes taken as meaning and gave desirable knowledge."
Nevertheless, on these few words of Scripture we observe how the human race separated itself from its Creator!

We clearly observe how God recognises, acknowledges
and appreciates the will of the human being!

His appreciation is so total that this act of disobedience brought separation from God; from Heaven.

We also observe in this,
that God surely gave the human race
a dignity beyond compare!

A dignity so comprehensive that when Adam and Eve rebelled the consequences were horrendous!

The magnitude of the punishment
was equal
to the dignity
given to man.

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