I’ve mentioned many times that evangelicals and Catholics view the Lord’s Supper VERY differently. Evangelicals partake of the symbolic elements of the Lord’s Supper with great humility and thanksgiving as we remember that our Lord gave His body and blood as a sacrifice for our sins so that we could have eternal life in Him.
Catholicism, on the other hand, teaches its priests change bread wafers and wine into the literal body and blood of Jesus at every mass. The priest then offers up Jesus the “host” (victim) to God the Father as a sacrifice for the sins of those present, the pope, the local bishop, and anyone else mentioned (including souls suffering in purgatory). Many of the attendees then line up to receive a wafer (wine from a shared cup is optional) from the priest. Catholics are taught Jesus is physically present inside of them for 15 minutes as their body digests the wafer. The church teaches the venial (small) sins of the participants can be forgiven at any point during the mass but especially during the “penitential rite and at Holy Communion.” Catholics believe the consecrated wafer imparts graces to the recipient to help them avoid committing mortal (deadly) sins in the future.
The sacrament of the eucharist (thanksgiving) is the central tenet of the Catholic belief system. Rather than receiving Jesus as Savior by faith spiritually, Catholicism sadly misinterprets John 6 and the Last Supper discourses and insists Jesus must be physically eaten. Catholics give lip service to “grace” and “faith” but believe they must ultimately merit their salvation by obeying the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and man-made church rules.
Getting back to the wafer hosts, any leftovers are stored in a locked box called the “tabernacle,” to be distributed later to the sick and housebound. On occasion, priests will set a large host in an ornate viewing container called a “monstrance.” Catholics are invited to come to church separately from the mass to worship and adore the wafer Jesus as he rests in the container. In some churches, volunteers sign up for time slots so that the wafer will be worshipped around the clock in “perpetual adoration.”
Catholic friend, accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith. Jesus is not locked away in a gold box or in a monstrance. He’s sitting at the right hand of the Father and He’s waiting for you to forsake your dependence on your church membership and religious laundry list and accept Him as your Savior by faith alone.
“At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.” – Matthew 24:23-28
“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” – Hebrews 10:11-14