. . . then is he present in the world at all?
We say that God is present in the world. We see him in the beauty of the sunset and the loving acts of a friend. We see him in the Word of God when we read the Scriptures. We see him in our prayer.
But do we really mean it? Do we mean real presence or do these things just represent a God who is somewhere else?
We are in a crisis, the symptom of which can be found in the fact that Richard Dawkins can celebrate the 62% of Irish Catholics who believe the bread and wine at Mass only “represents the body and blood” (Christ is not present in the Eucharist) vs. the 26% who said they believed the bread and wine transformed into Christ’s body and blood.
The statics are slightly better in the United States, but the rallying cry should be the same.
“God is with us!”
Spread the word. Most of your friends don’t believe it, even if they say they do.
Reject Christ’s presence in the Eucharist and you open the door for the rejection of Christ’s presence (a real presence) in every other part of our lives.