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Eating Truth (Scott Hahn on the early christians and the Eucharist)
The Catholic Thing ^ | June 17, 2013 | Brad Miner

Posted on 06/17/2013 9:52:15 AM PDT by NYer


How many times, in movies about intrigue, have you seen a scene in which a spy is given a secret, written in code, and which, the agent having deciphered it eats it? Well, maybe the answer is: not very many times in the Digital Age. But, trust me, it was common motif in its day.

Now that sort of fact snack wasn’t particularly nutritious. But there is in Judeo-Christian literature stories – two in the Bible and others from tradition – of prophets and holy men being given words to eat by angels (or Our Lady), scrolls the consumption and digestion of which are transformative. An angel gives Ezekiel a scroll to eat (“and in my mouth it was sweet as honey”), and then the prophet is able to go and preach – with understanding – the very words the angel gave him to chew and swallow.

Sure, these may be lessons about the way we “consume” knowledge from texts. How many times have you heard a student wish he could just place a book against his skull and absorb the information “by osmosis”? And the idea is very alluring: of God simply pouring into us in a moment the insights that make us saints.

There was that time in the synagogue at Capernaum when Jesus spoke words that must have been about as controversial as any every uttered to an audience:

I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. [John 6:51]
It was so outrageous that a number of disciples stopped following Jesus, and you have the sense the Twelve were hanging on by their fingernails. The Lord wonders if they’ll also leave, and you sense some of them might have been considering it, but then Peter says: “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

And all of this, as Scott Hahn makes clear in his latest book, Consuming the Word, was a foreshadowing of the institution of the Eucharist.

As Vatican II put it (Lumen Gentium): “Eucharistic sacrifice is the source and summit of the Christian life.” It’s unique among world religions, in that it happens one or more times a day in just about every Catholic church throughout the world. Dr. Hahn describes the process by which the earliest Christians merged Holy Communion with the reading of the Scriptures, especially the New Testament; indeed, that term is synonymous with both the Liturgy of the Word and the Eucharist, each express (even reenact) the historical proclamation of our new Covenant with God through Jesus Christ. The New Testament is a sacrament.


               Dr. Scott Hahn

It’s hard, actually, not to think as one reads Consuming the Word that the Fathers made a mistake by not sticking with the common usages of the first centuries of the Christian Era: Old Covenant and New Covenant. I don’t mean to suggest that “Testament” isn’t a fine word, let alone that something essential has been lost in using it. But “Covenant” seems to me a much more powerful word. It’s one thing to be bound to God by words and traditions; another to be bound by flesh and blood.

Hahn writes that for the first Christians the New Testament wasn’t a book, it was the Eucharist, and when at the Last Supper Jesus established a “new covenant in my blood” [Luke 223:20]:

He declared it to be the New Testament – and the Testament was not a text but an action. He did not say “read this” or “write this,” but rather “do this.” By the time the Gospels and the Epistles were written, the Church had already been faithful to Jesus’s instruction for decades. The New Testament was a sacrament at least a generation before it was a document.

Saint Paul, in fact, preached the Gospel before there were Gospels. Through his preaching, Paul stressed to those he converted that that they are made one with Christ in sacrifice, i.e. the Eucharistic celebration, and that this in turn required priests, and with the priestly office came baptism, marriage, and so on.

There’s a subtle correction here to the sola scriptura view of the faith: it’s not that the books of the Covenants are diminished, rather that we recognize that the sacrifice preceded the documents. But, in no sense does Scott Hahn depart from belief in orthodoxy with regard to the Bible:

From Jesus to the apostolic Church to the pastors and theologians of the second century there is full unanimity of conviction on Scripture’ divine origin, divine authority, and divine truthfulness.
And it’s as true today as then. We believe the words of God, because the Word of God proclaimed the truth of those words in his earthly ministry.

And there’s also an important message here for the New Evangelization, namely that we’re all a part of it. Hahn writes that “salvation history did not end the ascension of Christ;” it goes on daily – in church and out. Though we hear the words proclaimed at every Mass in readings from the Old Testament, the Epistles, and the Gospels, Catholics really do need to read the Bible more – and know how to read it; how to consume it.

You won’t find a better introduction than Scott Hahn provides in this book.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Worship
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1 posted on 06/17/2013 9:52:15 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 06/17/2013 9:52:33 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer; All

Before this degenerates into another “Catholics don’t know what they are talking about WRT...”(insert early Church teaching here) type of thread I was wondering:

Does Scott Hahn ever appear on Catholic Answers radio? Anyone know?


3 posted on 06/17/2013 9:55:54 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: FourtySeven

I did a search and found this - http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/browse/all/all/Scott%20Hahn/all


4 posted on 06/17/2013 10:04:19 AM PDT by rwa265
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To: rwa265

Cool, thanks.


5 posted on 06/17/2013 10:07:22 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: NYer; Charles Henrickson

:: He did not say “read this” or “write this,” but rather “do this.” ::

Even for a Lutheran, this statement is highly instructive regarding the SofA. One of those LexO, LexC things where-in one is charged by God to “walk-the-walk”.


6 posted on 06/17/2013 10:08:05 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: NYer

Oh, how nice, a new book. It’s not in Mecklenburg library, I’ll have to check at Union.


7 posted on 06/17/2013 11:58:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Does Bill have a job yet?)
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To: FourtySeven

Do a YouTube search. There are quite a few videos of Scott Hahn providing answers on Catholic Answers. And there are a number of very long videos, over an hour, in which he explains things beautifully and compellingly. What a witness! I pray for him constantly and I listen to his videos while I’m working.


8 posted on 06/17/2013 12:49:56 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: NYer

I got this on Kindle.


9 posted on 06/17/2013 1:07:46 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: ottbmare

Thanks for the suggestion I think I’ll do that. It should help with my commute home.


10 posted on 06/17/2013 1:16:43 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: NYer

Scott Hahn knows the Bible indepth.


11 posted on 06/17/2013 1:21:26 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: FourtySeven
May I make another suggestion? Dr Peter Kreeft also has a number of fantastic videos on YouTube. This man is as charming as he is brilliant--and as you listen to him you will see his holiness. Sample: Dr Peter Kreeft's Conversion

And there are many more, all enlightening, humorous, delightful, and full of Christian wisdom.

12 posted on 06/17/2013 1:33:36 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare--now a Marine Mom)
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To: NYer

This looks like an excellent book.


13 posted on 06/17/2013 2:39:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

**From Jesus to the apostolic Church to the pastors and theologians of the second century there is full unanimity of conviction on Scripture’ divine origin, divine authority, and divine truthfulness.**

Apostolic Succession — in before the Scott Hahn haters?


14 posted on 06/17/2013 2:41:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Psalm 34
1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Look to him, and be radiant;
so your[a] faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good!
Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 O fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no want!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.


15 posted on 06/17/2013 2:42:44 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer

Psalm 19
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.


16 posted on 06/17/2013 2:45:00 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer

Psalm 119
97 Oh, how I love thy law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 Thy commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
for I keep thy precepts.
101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep thy word.
102 I do not turn aside from thy ordinances,
for thou hast taught me.
103 How sweet are thy words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.


17 posted on 06/17/2013 2:46:12 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: All

Apologies ... the above is Psalm 119


18 posted on 06/17/2013 2:46:50 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: All
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19 posted on 06/17/2013 3:00:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: FourtySeven

recent Hahn videos online:

Eucharist and Early Church Fathers: http://www.catholicbiblesblog.com/2013/06/summer-reading-discussion-begin-next.html

Hahn on Ephesians: http://www.catholicbiblesblog.com/2013/06/dr-scott-hahns-overview-of-ephesians.html


20 posted on 06/17/2013 4:01:20 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: NYer
I had this book on pre-order at Amazon since I first heard about it, and recently received it, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. (Looking forward to that.)

Based on the reviews and comments, I think it might be a good idea for some people to read this new book in tandem with one of Hahn's earlier books,   "The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth", in order to approach this magnificent and profound subject from multiple angles as expounded by Scott Hahn.

21 posted on 06/17/2013 4:41:30 PM PDT by Heart-Rest (Good reading ===> | www.ncregister.com | www.catholic.com | www.ewtn.com | www.newadvent.org |)
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To: rwa265; ottbmare; vladimir998

This episode from the group you found seems to be very much related to this thread.

http://www.catholic.com/radio/shows/what-is-the-new-covenant-5358#

It was very interesting to listen to on the drive home.


22 posted on 06/18/2013 5:16:39 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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