Kid Questions of Faith

Part 4 – Why do we eat Jesus?

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The Catholic faith teaches that every celebration of the Eucharist, every time we receive Holy Communion, we are receiving Christ – not just a representation of Christ, but truly Christ himself.

But since we teach our kids not to bite others, they may think this is a mixed message.  “I get in trouble when I try to bite my sister, but it’s okay to eat Jesus???”

How do we teach the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist to our children?  And why do we do it?

Children will receive the truth of transubstantiation more easily than adults will.  It makes perfect sense that they, who are so fresh from God, would find this mystery so simple.

To teach this mystery, we have to take them to the Last Supper and listen to Christ’s words, the same words that we hear at every mass.  Jesus holds up the bread and wine and tells his disciples “This is my body.  Take and eat.  This is my blood. Take and drink.  Do this in memory of me.”  He states straight out that the bread and wine doesn’t represent Him, but truly they are Him.

In John 6, Jesus states again, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you shall not have life within you.”

He can’t be much more clear with what he is asking us to do.  So in answer to your child’s question, “Why do we eat Jesus?”  the answer is that he told us to!

The more subtle answer is that Jesus enters inside of us to fill in all the places that we are lacking, to replace the broken parts and to become more like Him. We need Christ all around us, including inside us!

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