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The Danger of the Senses

Reading Genesis 3 this evening, I feel that there is a relationship between the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the Eucharist.

The fruit of the tree was forbidden by God and, therefore, potentially evil. This potential evil, however, was veiled behind an appearance of goodness. The apple was “good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold”.

She denied the potential evil of the fruit and trusted in her own senses, her own understanding. The devil knows that we are prone to this as creatures composed of body (senses) and soul (reason).

In the Eucharist, we find the opposite. We find potential (to us) goodness veiled behind the appearance of common bread and wine. We are called to eat this bread, not because it is “good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold”, but because behind these appearances is the substance of the body of Christ, in which is our salvation.

Unlike Adam and Eve in the Garden, however, many refuse to eat this food because, once again, their senses, lead them away from God.

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