A Martyr is someone who is killed because of their religious beliefs. White Martyrdom is when a person is persecuted for their religious beliefs. We all hear about martyrs but do we really think about it? People who are willing to endure unspeakable pain, ridicule, anguish and torture because they won’t denounce their belief in God.
I spoke with someone about St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, who were both martyred for their faith. They said that they believed in Jesus but didn’t understand why someone would die for their faith, “why not just ‘say’ what the captor wants to hear and then be free”? This person didn’t truly understand that by “saying” what the captor wants, you are denouncing God.
We say we believe in Jesus, but to believe in Him means much more than just believing He existed. What does it truly mean to believe in Jesus? We think it’s all about love and roses because He has resurrected but if we read the scriptures below within the understanding of the Eucharist, then it takes on a new light.
- John 6: 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life (the Eucharist); whoever comes to me (the Body of Christ in the Eucharist) will never hunger, and whoever believes in me (The Blood of Christ) will never thirst.
- John 6: 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son (seeing and discerning the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist from that of ordinary bread) and believes in him (the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist) may have eternal life, and I shall raise him (on) the last day.
- John 6: 47-48 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes (in the Eucharist as the Real Presence) has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life (The Eucharist).
- John 6: 55 For my flesh is true food (The Body of Christ as The Eucharist), and my blood is true drink (the Blood of Christ).”
Try reading the scriptures John 6:35-58 with the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist in mind. It is all in the context of the Eucharist and yes, Jesus meant it literally, not symbolically. It’s eye opening. Especially when you consider the scripture, “I am with you (in The Eucharist) always, until the end of the world” (Mt. 28:20). The Eucharist has been with us since Jesus founded it on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper. This is also the same time Jesus began the ordination of priests. This is not a coincidence. He needed the priests, because through the priests and the Holy Spirit we have the Eucharist. This is only done through the ordination and apostolic succession of the priests.
Believing in Jesus means we believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Body and Blood of the Eucharist. This is truly believing in Jesus. You cannot have believing in Jesus without the Eucharist; Jesus and the Eucharist are the same and inseparable. These sound like strong words but once you understand the connection; that the Eucharist is Jesus’ Heart, it makes perfect sense. (Check out the Miracle of Lanciano on my Links page-The Eucharist Host is true human heart tissue with veins and nerves and the Blood is AB blood type.)
When you read the above scriptures in a new light, then the idea of dying for our faith becomes more clear. Of course we would die for Jesus if we truly love Him and understand what context He meant regarding the Eucharist. The martyrs I mentioned above would not have died for a symbol, but they did die for the Eucharist. When we get to that point, then and only then can we truly say, “I believe in Jesus and I would die for Him”.
For further information, check out the Bread of Life Discourse at BREAD OF LIFE DISCOURSE & REASONS TO BE CATHOLIC (especially check out #42 and #43, then scroll down to the bottom of the page for a good explanation on the Eucharist). They have an easy explanation of the Eucharist and the difference between Protestant and Catholic beliefs.