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Einstein and the Holy Eucharist

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1 Einstein and the Holy Eucharist on Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:49 am


(Seventeenth Sunday of the Year (B): This homily was given on July 27, 1997 at St. Pius X Church, Westerly, R.I. by Fr. Raymond Suriani. Read John 6: 1-15.)

"The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes: Do I have a preconceived prejudice against the supernatural?"

Fr. Benedict Groeschel disdainfully refers to it as "the soggy fish sandwich theory." This is the way some modern Scripture scholars try to explain away the miracle story we just heard from John 6: the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Since these professors do not believe that miracles are possible, they theorize that many of the people who came to hear Jesus that day already had bread and fish with them; and once they saw the disciples passing out the five loaves and the two fish that they had been given (in other words, once they saw the disciples sharing their food in this way), they decided to do the same thing. And so the miracle was not that the loaves and fishes literally multiplied; the miracle was that the people who had bread and fish shared with the people who didn’t have any, and everyone ate to their heart’s content; in fact they even had some soggy fish sandwiches left over. Fr. Groeschel usually ends his reflection on this subject by saying, "It makes me sick." Needless to say, he does not buy into the soggy fish sandwich theory!!!

The problem here is that even though these scholars claim to be believers, they have a preconceived prejudice against the supernatural. In other words, if they can’t explain it in purely human terms, then (according to them) it could not have possibly happened. And there are many people in the world today who have this attitude. All of them could take a lesson, by the way, from one of the greatest scientists who ever lived--Albert Einstein. In this regard, I read an interesting story about Einstein recently: Apparently one day this great man of science was visited by a young priest from New York, a Fr. Charles McTague. They sat down in his office, and Einstein proceeded to tell Fr. McTague that he wanted to talk to him about (of all things) the Catholic doctrine of the Holy Eucharist. It seems that Einstein was fascinated by the idea of a substance that you can’t see; a substance that has no shape or size or color. (A substance with no accidents as we say in theology.) As many of us know, the Church teaches that at the consecration of the Mass the substance of the bread becomes the substance of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, even though the accidents (in other words, the physical qualities) of the bread remain. Finally, at the end of the conversation, Einstein said to the priest, "Please send me any books in German that you can find that tell me about the Holy Eucharist." And that’s what Fr. McTague did.

Now what I find most interesting about that story is the fact that Einstein was open to the possibility of the supernatural. He didn’t say, "My mind is the measure of all things, and if I can’t explain something in my scientific categories, then it doesn’t exist." His attitude was, "Maybe there’s something to it. Maybe it’s true. And if that be the case, I need to be open to this truth, even it’s beyond the categories of physical science."

Perhaps Einstein would not have been surprised by the story that a parishioner told me last week about an experience he had back in the 1940’s. He mentioned this to me on Thursday morning, just before they found the five lost teenagers in the waters off Watch Hill. The man said, "Fr. Ray, I know what those teenagers are going through right now, because something very similar happened to me when I was stationed in the Pacific in World War II. Two of my friends and I were walking on the beach in Okinawa one Sunday morning, and we came across a small, flat-bottomed boat; so we decided to take it for a ride. We had only been out for about five minutes, when a big storm hit. We tried to paddle back to the shore but we couldn’t make it. We thought for sure that we were going to die. My friends were crying, but I was praying--I prayed the Act of Contrition, the Our Father, and the Hail Mary. We were tossed around in that storm for several hours. Finally, at one point, I looked up, and I saw this large blue light near the boat. My friends didn’t see it, but I did. I had a strong sense that it was the Blessed Mother watching over us. Then, all of a sudden, a boat appeared behind the light, and we were rescued. Afterward, I spoke to the captain of the ship. I said, ‘How did you find us in this horrible storm?’ The captain said, ‘Well, I spotted a strange, blue light in the distance. I followed that light, and I ended up at your boat.’"

Was it the Blessed Mother? Could it possibly have been the Blessed Mother? Could it possibly have been a supernatural event? If we believe in the "soggy fish sandwich theory" of the gospel story we just heard, then we will say, "No way; it’s impossible; it was just a stroke of good luck; it was just a coincidence." Personally, given the fact that I hate soggy fish sandwiches, I’m of a different opinion. I hope and pray that you are too.


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2 Re: Einstein and the Holy Eucharist on Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:39 pm


Bump this up
Though this Homily fit today reading also ( Mark 8: 1 - 10 )

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Thanks to M.R. for sent us these Eucharist and Einstein.

Eucharist and Einstein's Miracle Year of 1905
There are good reasons why we CATHOLICS should follow the lead of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and Fr. Benedict Groeschel to ponder Albert Einstein's great burst of creative energy from 1905. His E=MC2 formula has revolutionized science and made relativity a household word. By learning more about Einstein, we can better understand the Eucharist that is source and summit of our existence.

There is a correlation between E=MC2 and ABSOLUTE and RELATIVE TRUTH as applied to the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass

Even a cursory look at Einstein's life reveals a relationship with God: Einstein's called God the Father the "OLD ONE"...his life was filled with mystery...he had significant associations to the Catholic Church...he appreciated of Jesus as a luminous figure in history...and he had a keen interest in the "concept" of TRANSUBSTANTIATION.

So...I tend to think that if E=MC2 is TRUTH, it may have more significance than we have come to know, a hidden TRUTH that Einstein was unable to see because he was not Catholic but Jewish (and a minimalist Jew at that)

I have a theory that this simple formula represents GOD WITH US as we in the Catholic Church have come to know Emmanual, Eucharist and Eternity.

Pope John Paul II is fond of referring to Jesus as "SPIRITUAL ENERGY."




Mass (in relative terms: in English, the language that brought us the atomic bomb...to gather, the density of matter, the relative representation of the absolute Holy Sacrifice at Calvary)

C (the speed of LIGHT (Christ)) Consecration of Body of Christ

C (the speed of LIGHT (Christ)) Consecration of Blood of Christ


St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina once stated:

“It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass.”

The sun is a tri-part reality that closely resembles the persons of our Triune God...St. Francis didn't pen "Brother Sun" for nothing.

When you ponder this reality and also the electrodynamics of LIGHTNING, you begin to see what the world missed in 1905.

I have yet to find any info that refutes this idea...and not one of eight priests that I have pitched it to has cried HERESY...

I might be on a limb here but in E=MC2 we see a BRIDGE, a RAINBOW BRIDGE, that might be a missing UNIVERSAL link between FAITH AND SCIENCE...and wouldn't that be helpful in this Third Millennium when SCIENCE is running full steam ahead into unknown areas that are causing us Catholics grave concern.

I have loads of support for anyone who'd care to read or listen.

I have been researching this as part of a book for over nine months.

I am still hoping to find a collaborator whose gift of writing far exceeds my own...HINT, HINT...

God Bless You,


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