Friday, December 03, 2010

Ignatius of Antioch on the Eucharist

"I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible" (Letter to the Romans 7:3 [A.D. 110]).

"Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God. . . .
They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes" (Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:2–7:1 [A.D. 110]). 

3 comments:

John Bergsma said...

You know, of course, that this is the passage responsible for my conversion.

Michael Barber said...

I didn't know that! Wow!

esquipula said...

I understand that early Christians believed in the Catholic theology of the Eurcharist. I understand that Christ meant what he said. But how do I come to a richer understanding of it that I may fully believe it? How do I live it?