Attacks on not just Christians, but Christ Himself are growing worldwide as evil men are empowered at the growing darkness consuming the world.
In a story coming out of Brazil, a Catholic priest has been arrested after stopping a demonically possessed man in a mass from attempting to steal a consecrated host:
The Mass had already begun when a man in his sixties entered the church and, from the outset, started to complain, out loud, about several issues (the rite, its duration, the Gregorian chant, etc.), thus, bothering those around him. At the time of Communion, as usual, the faithful formed a line towards the altar rail and, on their knees, started to receive the Body of Christ on the tongue, as required by the ancient practice of the Church-¾every faithful assisting the service was aware of this manner of receiving the Host, especially since because Father Batista explains the details of the traditional rite before it starts.
The angry man lined up for Communion and continued grumbling and moaning all the way to the Communion rail. At his turn, he refused to receive Communion on the tongue, demanding instead that Father Batista place the Host in his hand. Father Batista calmly explained to him that the prescribed manner of receiving the Sacrament according to the traditional rite is on one’s knees and on the tongue, and the matter was not for the faithful to decide upon.
However, the man did not accept the priest’s explanation and demanded out loud to be given the Communion in the hand. Probably, intending to avoid further disturbance at the service, the priest conceded and gave the Host in his hand. Then, he asked the man to consume the Host right away. However, with the Sacrament in his hand, the man closed it and refused to consume the Host in front of the priest, saying that the Host did not belong to the priest and that he had the right to make his Communion wherever he wanted.
He further shouted saying that this was not his religion and that this old Mass did not exist. At that moment, those who were near him – acolytes and other faithful alike – warned him that he could not leave the place with a consecrated Host.
Ignoring the warning, the man threatened those who surrounded him by saying that he would break through them. In a burst of anger, he shouted: “One, two, three”, and moved violently towards those who were surrounding him, as to push them down and leave the Church with the Blessed Sacrament.
At this point, the faithful tried to stop him and the man fell down on the floor. The acolytes and other faithful managed to immobilize him (without hurting him) and take him to a side room leading to the sacristy, where they were able to recover fragments of the Body of Christ that he had crushed in his hand.
Next, they moved away from the man without hurting him. The same could not be said of said man, who acted with extreme violence and started to kick the people around while staying on the floor. The faithful who had witnessed such a shameful spectacle remained at a distance, praying Hail Mary’s all the time. Father Batista looked terrified throughout the incident. He continued holding the Communion cup tight (he could not hold the Communion cup safely and interfere in the situation at the same time).
After that ghastly act of profanation and outrage, which disturbed the peace of all attendees (the ground where the fragments of the Host had been scattered had to be purified afterwards) and upon leaving the church, the man came back through the church’s main entrance and made threats. He said that he was an appellate prosecutor (a State agent) and would use his power to destroy the priest’s reputation. He said he was going to the police station to bring charges against Father Batista. (source)
The Eucharist is the body, blood, souls, and divinity of Christ. Sacred scripture says this very plainly (John 6:47-69):
Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”
Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
While pondering this let’s read this against the rest of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus (John 3:16-20):
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.
Back in 2008, I was one of the many thousands of people who was able to get a seat at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to see him. I remember while there I saw a group of fundamentalists protesting with microphones and shouting all kinds of nonsense from their microphones while holding their bibles- none of it which made coherent sense- and their arguments (if they could even be called that) sounded like they were repeating the words of a Chick tract.
Some people wanted to argue with them, but I thought I would try a different approach. Amid the chaos, I approached one of the men and was able to get him to stand and talk with me while I was slowly moving forward in line with the rest of the attendees. I got him to open his Bible and if I remember correctly, he started discussing John 3:16, at which I stopped him and asked him to look at the fulll context as I provided above. Then I had him look at John 6 with me, and we read Jesus’ sermon at Capernaum, when He reveals that He is the bread of life, and how while most of His own followers left Him, it was His disciples who stayed because they believed. Lastly, I reminded him of Jesus at the Last Supper, and His words of “This is My body, which shall be given up for you.”
when I showed this to him, again comparing both passages of scripture, he relaxed and focused less on me and more on the scriptures, reading them over and over again in stunned silence. At that point, the line had moved forward enough that I could no longer stand near him, so I wished him well and moved forward with the crowd.
Christians talk about the return of Christ, and truly, Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. In the meantime, Christ is really with us- body, blood, soul and divinity, wholly and truly- inside of any Catholic Church under the species of bread and wine.
This very fact is a serious matter, since if Christ is truly in the Eucharist- and there are many miracles throughout the centuries which clearly show to even the most hard-hearted man this truth- then the Eucharist must be supported, defended, and protected at all costs because it will be a main target of the demons and their allied among men who choose evil over righteousness. There is a reason why demon worshippers attempt to steal consecrated hosts from Catholic Churches and not the Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists or Pentecostals, because they do not have the Real Presence.
This also puts up another interesting situation, for as we have pointed out, to attack the Eucharist is also to attack Christ. Thus the same people who call themselves ‘Christians’ but fervently attack the Eucharist are actually in the same category as the demon worshippers and Muslims, except they are even worse because they think they are doing righteous deeds while holding the name of Christ but are in fact in direct opposition to His will.
So often people today- many Christians- say they do not understand how people could act a certain way in Jesus time and treat Him the way they did and why the authorities did nothing. However, the fact is that Christ is still treated today the way He was treated while He walked on Earth because if the Eucharist is real (and it is), to physically defile the Eucharist is to attack the physical body of Christ.
Would you kick Jesus? Would you beat Him up and defecate on Him? The satanists would, and they target Eucharists for that reason- because they actually believe, when many “Christians” do not and would not defend the Eucharist because they do not believe even in spite of the clear words of Scripture and Tradition.
Indeed, sometimes evil men have more faith then those who claim to follow Christ.