The Feeding Of The 5000


Nah nah nah nah nah nah...

Eyes were bloodshot
Lips were red hot
At the greatest show on earth
At the feeding of five thousand
Well I don't know what you heard
Eyes were bloodshot
Lips were red hot
Sweet bliss fragrance fills the air
Resuscitating all the breathless
Reviving everybody there

Two fishes as the spirit
Five loaves of bread the soul
At the feeding of five thousand
Where the baskets overflowed

Nah nah nah nah nah nah...

Love it reaches through the darkness
Love's the king of golden rules
Bombs are falling as we're dancing
To this man-made sonic boom
Love it reaches through the darkness
Love's the king of golden rules
Golden rules, golden rules

Nah nah nah nah nah nah...

Eyes were bloodshot
Lips were red hot
At the greatest show on earth
At the feeding of five thousand
Well I don't know what you heard
Eyes were bloodshot
Lips were red hot
Sweet bliss fragrance fills the air
Resuscitating all the breathless
Reviving everybody there

Two fishes as the spirit
Five loaves of bread the soul
At the feeding of five thousand
Where the baskets overflowed

Nah nah nah nah nah nah...


Lyrics by:
Brown

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Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (detail) by Jan van Eyck. A perpetual institution, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the evocation of the Eternal, when the members of the Mystical Body are united with their divine Head. With Him, together with the Angels and Archangels, they sing immortal praise to God and give all honor and glory to the Father Almighty. As the court ritual of the heavenly kingdom, liturgy is anticipated Parousia. Apocalypse is the book of heavenly liturgy. The Mass of Ages anticipates the wedding feast of the Lamb in the heavenly Jerusalem. Here the harmonies of heaven and the canticles of the blessed sing the divine praises for all eternity in everlasting love.

In one of his trademark attempts at theological quirkiness, Ian Brown cited Moses as his 'hero' in conversation with Melody Maker in 1998, adding, "Follow the path of Moses and you won't go wrong. Don't follow Noel Coward." Well, the only continuity from Moses is Jesus Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. This must be a Prophet ? No. This must be the Prophet. Jesus did not come to abolish the law and the prophets but to fulfil them (Matt 5: 17 - 19). If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead. The biggest mistake in interpreting and applying the Old Testament is to forget about Jesus, the radiance of God's glory. Saint Augustine writes from the 5th century: "The Scriptures are in fact, in any passage you care to choose, singing of Christ, provided we have ears that are capable of picking out the tune. The Lord opened the minds of the Apostles so that they understood the Scriptures. That he will open our minds too is our prayer." Moses was a figure of the Saviour who sought the favour of the Lord by placing himself between a sinful mankind and its Creator (Exod. 32).

In the Book of Tobit, the bridegroom comes to save his bride from the devil and delivers her from bondage to the demon. The only person ever pre-announced, Jesus Christ is the only person in history to have had his story foretold. Whom do men say that the Son of man is ? As the pure light of His Divine Sonship hits the prism of the Scriptures, Christ fulfils all of the major figures of the Old Testament in Himself. Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks only one single Word, His one Utterance in whom He expresses Himself completely. The New Testament is hidden in the Old, and the Old is made manifest in the New. In the beginning was the Word and God's final Word is His Son, the Lamb slain as it were, from the beginning of the world. In the agelessness of eternity, the Word was with God. His existence is one eternal now. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Before Abraham was, I Am. The royal house of David was reduced to a stump, but one day a shoot will sprout forth from Jesse, the Davidic heir, the new kingdom. Jesus is the Prophet who will feed the multitude with bread out in the desert (see Matthew 14: 15). But He is not simply the new Moses, who is going to inaugurate this new Exodus as a Messiah. He is also the new Jonah, who is immersed in the waters of death, and then emerges from them to bring us new life. He is the new Israel, who passes through the waters of the Red Sea into the desert, but also passes through the waters of the Jordan into the Promised Land. The Jewish people at the time of Christ were waiting for a new Exodus. In the first Exodus, the ultimate destination was not Mount Sinai (as is commonly perceived), nor was it the Promised Land. The ultimate destination of the first Exodus was Jerusalem. In the new Exodus (Luke 9: 31), the prophets foretold, the ultimate journey would lead to a new and eternal Jerusalem, restored by God in what Isaiah calls new heavens and a new earth, a new creation (A Re-genesis; Greek palingenesis). Taking Ian at his own word, the singer should therefore himself pay very close attention to that First (and most important) Commandment inscribed upon those stone tablets held aloft by the Old Testament prophet, lest he fall into a state of cognitive dissonance.

The Bible does not end with Deuteronomy, Ian. Keep reading. Instead of buying into Ian Brown's abridged Bible version (which discards 68 of the 73 books), I would urge people, plain and simple, 'Follow the path of Jesus and you won't go wrong.' In John 6: 31, Jesus is challenged to match the provision of manna in the desert. Jesus is quick to remind them that the manna that they had received from Moses was not Heavenly Bread. Furthermore, it was not Moses, but God, who provided. Moses gave you not bread from heaven. The manna was not given to their forefathers by Moses, but by God's goodness. Neither came it from heaven, but from the clouds, or from the region of the air only. Critically, Manna did not bring the Israelites to a heavenly destiny (John 6: 49). Manna is rather a food that perishes, since it melted away every morning (Exod. 16: 21) and turned foul if it was stored overnight (Exod. 16: 19 - 20). In order to test Jesus and see if He was indeed the One, the Jews asked Jesus to display His messianic credentials by performing a miracle. But not just any miracle. They wanted this 'new manna' not just for forty years, but for always. This request is what prompts Jesus to launch into the Bread of Life discourse. Moses was not on some maverick mission in the Old Testament. Tell them I AM sent you. Moses took a wooden staff as a sign of his calling as the shepherd of Israel, and God makes Moses' staff an instrument to perform miracles. The moment Moses used the staff in a manner not in accord with God's plan, he was denied entry to the Promised Land (Numbers 20: 12). Moses et al would still be in the limbo of the just were it not for Christ's salvific mission. Were Ian Brown sufficiently versed in typology, the divinely sewn thread that runs throughout Sacred Scripture, he might come to realise that Jesus Christ is the fulfilment of all of the Old Testament. Chapter 23 of Matthew's gospel opens with Jesus blasting the hypocrisy of those who make a show of presiding in Moses' seat.

CLAP IF YOU LOVE ... STAGED STOOGES. Ian Brown and Criss Angel rip-off artist Steven Frayne are close friends, and the singer penned a song about this degenerate, entitled The Magic Man. Ian debuted the song at a showcase for Dynamo's Concrete Playground DVD, just before Christmas 2006 (chumming around with 'The Magic Man', the singer no doubt hopes, will bolster his own standing as a magic-Ian). On another occasion, the council estate Derek Acorah 'reads Ian's mind' (horseshit !), extracting a song lyric from his stooge: 'Just because I'm in love with the people don't make me a fool.' Is this a piece of your brain ? Don't insult my intelligence with this shit. If such is the standard of lyric that this mentalist is plucking from Ian's stream of consciousness, then I would suggest it is perhaps best left in there for all concerned. Your unabating desire to hop on board whatever anti-Catholic bandwagon comes rolling into town - that's what makes you a fool. The chorus of The Magic Man presents this clown prince as some treasured Uri Geller upgrade: 'Magical offerings, the suspension of time / Some like bending spoons / Dynamo'll bend ya mind.' The carnival barker bullshit does not end there. 'At the greatest show on earth / Folks are slack-jawed by The Magic Man.' Lyrics from this as-yet-unreleased track have morphed into The Feeding Of The 5000, a woeful effort from The World Is Yours LP. Dynamo will bend your mind ? This 24-carat wand will warp your intellect. What is billed here as "The greatest show on earth" is bread and circuses, nothing more. The Feeding of the Five Thousand was no Cirque du Soleil. This is not some folk hero or itinerant hippie preacher at work here, but the Son of the living God. When John was moved to write that "There was plenty of grass in that place" (6: 10), I don't think he was alluding to pot. Miracles are a motive for faith. The Glory of God and the good of men - to help our unbelief - are the primary ends of every single miracle that happens. In His prayer to the Father before He raised Lazarus from the dead, Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me." (John 11: 41 - 42). The Feeding of the Five Thousand is the only miracle (apart from the Resurrection) which is present in all four canonical Gospels (Matthew 14: 13 - 21, Mark 6: 30 - 44, Luke 9: 10 - 17 and John 6: 1 - 15). Speaking to The Guardian (15th September 2007), Ian gives the impression that Jesus generated a Marxist electrical current among His followers: "There are some beautiful Bible stories - it's just that in UK schools the teaching bores you stupid. The feeding of the 5000 isn't meant to be taken literally. Jesus spoke to the people and that fed their spirit - that's your two fish. Then he spoke some more - that fed their souls. That was the loaves." If Ian believes that this market lingo ("...that's your two fish") is the basis upon which an understanding of this miracle should be formed, then it is a great blessing that he does not have any involvement in overseeing Religious Education in the National Curriculum (The singer's proposed reforms to Media in the National Curriculum, forcing pupils to watch Get Rich or Die Tryin', are just as perturbing). It is the height of foolishness to claim that an entire passage of Sacred Scripture "[should not] be taken literally". Traditionally, the Church has identified four levels of meaning or 'senses' of Scripture: the literal sense and three spiritual senses - the allegorical, the moral, and the anagogical senses. These four senses have a profound concordance and richness, since the spiritual senses of Scripture are layered on the literal. Allegorically, the five loaves are the five books of the Torah, the two fish are the Prophets and Psalms, and the young boy is the Jewish people. When Jesus receives these Old Testament Scriptures from the Jews, he breaks open their deeper, spiritual meanings to refresh the multitudes. C.S. Lewis (God in The Dock) writes, "One is very often asked at present whether we could not have a Christianity stripped, or, as people who ask it say, 'freed' from its miraculous elements, a Christianity with the miraculous elements suppressed. Now, it seems to me that precisely the one religion in the world, or, at least, the only one I know, with which you could not do that is Christianity." Miracles prove revelation to the masses, and this is the reason why modernists go after the miracles. Take away Christ's miracles, as much of modern society is hankering to do, and you are left with a wandering carpenter who dispenses good advice. Jesus came not to be a moralist, but a Saviour. The very first mention of Jesus by name in Sacred Scripture identifies Him as Saviour, in the exegesis of the angel speaking to Joseph: and she will bear a son, whom thou shalt call Jesus, for he is to save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1: 21). For us men and for our salvation, He came down from heaven. Ian, uncomfortable with the Eucharistic flux from The Feeding of the Five Thousand, makes of it a miracle of 'wealth redistribution', professing that this biblical text should not be taken literally. Why, then, does Saint Paul write in 1 Corinthians 11: 29 that those who receive the Eucharist unworthily, eat and drink their own damnation ? Why else were the eyes of the two disciples opened in the breaking of the bread at Emmaus ? Eyes were not bloodshot by the breaking of the bread; ultimately, eyes were opened. Taste and see that the Lord is good. The Word of God sets our hearts on fire and the Eucharist is food for our souls. So dulled are our hearts that, without purification, we will not see God.

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. As the Light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day, the eternal Sun became flesh and tabernacled among us, a tabernacle that no human hands have made. A body have you prepared for me. (Heb. 10: 5; Ps. 40). This miracle by Jesus feeds into the Bread of Life Discourse, the heart of the sixth chapter of John. A passage of the Bible that I would implore people to take literally, for these are the words of everlasting life. The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes has a coda in a minor key, when Jesus left the poor hungry. His immediate response to those who did not come with the proper disposition is critical to forming an understanding of this miracle: Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill." (John 6: 26). Like many people today, they had lost sight of (or never known) the divinity of Christ and the supernatural reality of the Church. The crowd refused to believe that Jesus is the Bread of Life, and many deserted Him; this is the only time in Scripture that a teaching or dogma proclaimed by Our Blessed Lord caused people to get up, refuse to believe and walk away. The Feeding of the Five Thousand should indeed be understood literally, at its core, in the context of Eucharistic bread and fish. Everyone listening to Jesus' actual discourse 2,000 years ago believed Him to have meant what He said. That is significant. This is in stark contrast to other instances in the gospel where Jesus did, in fact, speak metaphorically. For example, when Jesus spoke of Himself as a "door" in John 10, or a "vine" in John 15, we find no one to have asked, "How can this man be a door made out of wood ?" or, "How can this man claim to be a plant ?". Compare these to John 6. Jesus plainly says, in verse 51, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." This jarred his listeners' sensibilities, as the Jews immediately respond, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat ?" (vs. 52). They certainly understood Jesus to mean what He said. It was Our Lord's method whenever anyone misunderstood what He said to correct the misunderstanding, as He did when Nicodemus thought "born again" (better translated as "born from above") meant re-entering his mother's womb. But, whenever anyone correctly understood what He said, but found fault with it, He repeated what He said. And in this discourse, Our Lord repeated five times what He had said about His Body and Blood. It could only be that understanding it correctly, they could not swallow it. In John 4: 31 - 34, when the disciples urge our Lord to eat, He responds, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." The disciples ask each other, "Could someone have brought him food ?". They misunderstand him. But our Lord immediately clarifies His intent, saying, in verse 34, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." Saint Augustine wrote of the reaction to Jesus identifying Himself as the Bread of Life: "The very first heresy was formulated when men said: 'This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it ?' (John 6: 60)". Note the future tense of verse 51 ("I will give"), pointing both to the Cross and the Eucharistic liturgy. Christ the victim, Christ the priest. I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. It is the nature of truth to be known. The Catholic Church presents to the world this one truth: that Jesus Christ is really, truly and substantially present - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - under the appearance of bread and wine. This is the mystery of faith. This is why, of the seven sacraments, we call this one the Blessed Sacrament. The sacrament of Divine Love, the Holy Eucharist is the greatest gift of the Sacred Heart to fallen man. From a broader perspective, think back to the book of Genesis. Eating, responsible for the fall of man, was also responsible in the New Testament for the salvation of man. Israel was the cradle of the Messiah. On the night that Jesus lay wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger in Bethlehem, the city attained to her true name, and became the 'House of Bread'. The Feeding of the Five Thousand was not some spiritual pick-me-up for the benefit of those in attendance, but rather a move towards overturning the original sin of mankind. Every exegesis of scripture must submit itself to the Magisterium. Sacred Scripture is an outgrowth of Sacred Tradition. The whole reason we have a Bible is because Christians had to agree upon which books we can read when we celebrate the Eucharist. The primary lens through which the Church viewed the books of the Bible concerned their suitability for liturgical use. The term 'New Testament' was not at first used in reference to a collection of books. When Saint Paul uses the phrase 'new testament' (I Corinthians 11: 25), he is doing so in reference to the New Covenant (Kaine Diatheke) in the Eucharist. In the Old Testament, God the Father spoke of making a New Covenant (Jeremiah 31: 31), and this finds fulfilment in God the Son at the Last Supper, through the New and Everlasting Covenant. A covenant not of stone, but written deep on the very heart of man. Jesus Christ is the New Testament; the New Testament is in His blood. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the seal of the New Testament. In Exodus, God wants to bring His people up the mountain and into His presence. Instead, the Supreme Lawgiver has to bring the law down to their level at the bottom of the mountain. Later, in the Upper Room, He takes this to a higher plain. The Old Law cannot justify; it is not the source of grace. In Matthew 5, Jesus lays out a series of contrasts between the Old Law and the New Law (You have heard that it was said to them of old ... But I say to you...). In each one of these antitheses, Jesus is intensifying the Old Law of Moses, driving it inside of us into the very human heart. God's ultimate design was never to dwell in a building, but to dwell in us. We are His temples, even as we are living stones of the temple of His Body, which is the Church. The soul of man is the living temple of the living God. In a cleansing of the temple, we should be consumed by zeal for our Father's house. No longer is the act of murder just prohibited - Jesus wants to expose what is couching at the door, which is anger. No longer is the act of adultery just prohibited - Jesus wants to get to the root of this, which is lust. No longer is the act of excessive revenge just prohibited - Jesus wants to get to the root of this, which is pride. For this is the testament which I will make to the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will give my laws into their mind, and in their heart will I write them: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Hebrews 8: 10). The Jews were like slaves, and God ruled them as a master; Christians are His children, and God rules them as a father. God looks upon His children through the lens of Christ's infused grace. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart. Our confessions are often superficial; we confess the sin that lies at the surface, the obvious sin. We fail to uncover what lies beneath. The true examination of conscience is an excavation of the heart. The Pharisees were hypocrites because the law had not changed their hearts. The Pharisees had law without love. God's law, properly understood, has its genesis in love. "Love, and do what thou wilt." (Saint Augustine); love is the final state attained by spiritual practice. Law without love is useless. Since love is king in the Kingdom of God, the coin of the realm is love. Eternal law is the product of divine wisdom. As we are translated into the kingdom of the Son of His love, God's love is in the law. Love is the law here. Of the Ten Commandments, love has primacy, and these Ten Commandments find their fulfilment in the New Law of Love, Jesus Christ (In this sense, Love is the king of golden rules). The Lord will be your everlasting light. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Love reaches through the darkness and calls you out into His own wonderful light.

John 6 opens with a vast swath of people, numbering perhaps as many as 20,000. Up until this point, Jesus was the toast of the town. With this miracle, He had a multitude eating out of the palm of His hand. At this point, Jesus drops the bomb: I Am the Bread of Life. Eat My Flesh. The announcement of the Eucharist cracks His followers wide open. Christ knows that the overwhelming majority are going to reject His Eucharistic Discourse. Not only did Our Lord stand and watch hundreds, perhaps thousands of people turn and walk from Him over this doctrine, but He even turned to the apostles and invited them to leave if they did not accept His word. This was a litmus test of discipleship, for these are the men He was grooming for martyrdom. At the end of the chapter, He has lost the masses; we see the crowd whittled down to the Twelve, and then John shines a spotlight on one, the one who was to betray Him. This is the first time in Scripture that we actually hear why Judas betrayed Jesus. It was ultimately because he did not believe in Christ's teaching that you must eat His physical body and drink His physical blood. That's where the Gospels draw the line of demarcation. Protection from Satan proved impossible without belief in the Eucharistic Christ. You are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word. The path taken by those who rejected Christ's Eucharistic Discourse, rather fittingly, is found in John 6: 66, "From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him." Truth comes by conflict. Here, our Lord anticipates just about every objection that would be raised thousands of years later, after He discussed and instituted the Eucharist; the more symbolic they talk, the more literal He gets. Little by little, Jesus kept giving them the truth. Then, when He gave them The Truth, they got up and walked away. And He let them. To make Him King was His Father's business, not theirs. Looking at the parallel texts from the gospels of Mark and Matthew, note that Jesus commands the apostles, "You give them something to eat." (Mark 6: 37, Matthew 14: 16). Why did Jesus tell the apostles to feed the multitude ? Jesus, the High Priest, wants the apostles to see that He is calling them to be the distributors, the supernatural conduits, as priests, that are going to communicate the heavenly Eucharist. In this event, Jesus uses physical food in order to communicate spiritual realities. The presentation of the miracle itself takes the form of the sacred liturgy, as Our Lord reveals the Mass to us in symbolic form. The Feeding of the Five Thousand is a prefigurement of the Mass. First, the people are gathered in one place to hear Our Lord teach them about the Kingdom of God. After this, the bread and fish are brought to Jesus by one of those present, a child. This prefigures the offertory procession, where the bread and wine are presented to the priest, who is In persona Christi. Then Our Lord blessed the offerings and had the apostles distribute them, later collecting the fragments so that none of it would be lost. Notice that the apostles do not gather the fish; rather, they gather the fragments (Gk. thráfsma, host) of the loaves. How many baskets do they fill ? Twelve. One ciborium for every apostle. Then, after eating, the people are dismissed. A blueprint for the Mass, it would not be until the Last Supper that Our Lord would solemnize the ritual, giving us the proper matter and form, the elements of bread and wine and the words of consecration. At the Last Supper, Jesus said to His apostles, Do this in commemoration of me. The Last Supper is the first Mass. Here, in the Upper Room, Christ anticipated His Salvific Death on Calvary. In asking His disciples to repeat His gesture, He invites them to participate in the memory that constitutes His very person. Through the priesthood, Christ brings the eternal gift of the Father into the present. Both anamnesis and epiclesis, the Mass of Ages is obedience to that injunction by which we look back to Calvary as He looked forward to it. The Word leads to the Sacrament, and the Sacrament is made present by the Word. The Word of God accepted in faith, the Body of Christ received in the Eucharist. The Faith of our Forefathers. The Faith of all time. The people of the time presumed that Jesus was there to raise an army, to conquer the enemies of Israel, and to re-establish the throne of David in Jerusalem. Incidentally, the Roman army consisted of several legions, and five thousand was the average size of a legion. Therefore, when Jesus fed five thousand men that day, He sent a clear message that Caesar was not the only one who could feed an army. That message was not lost on the people of Israel. This word legion would reappear later in the gospels. When Jesus liberates a man possessed by demons, the Gerasene demoniac, He asks the demon 'What is thy name ?', and the demon responded, 'My name is Legion, for we are many'. The man was possessed not just by one demon, but by an army of demons. At this, Our Lord cast out the demonic army from this man and into a herd of swine, thus demonstrating that He has the power not only to feed His own army, but also the power to defeat the army of Satan with just a single word from His mouth. Our Lord continues to feed His army today, with supernatural food that comes down from heaven, everytime we assemble at Mass. And in His messianic kingship, He continues to lead His army, the Church Militant. This army is sent into battle against the forces of the Evil One until Christ comes again with His final victory.

The Church is a Eucharistic people. The separation of His Body and Blood on the altar shew forth His death. The last will and testament of our Lord Jesus Christ here on earth is this Eucharistic Sacrifice, in whose Body and Blood we have communion. The two food miracles in John involve bread (6: 1 - 14) and wine (2: 1 - 11). Together they anticipate the eucharistic liturgy, where Jesus gives himself as food under the visible signs of bread and wine. The significance of Passover, here placed in the background of John 6, will move to the foreground when Jesus transforms this feast into the sacrificial memorial of the New Covenant at the Last Supper. Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. Ian Brown's defiled projection of transubstantiation finds outlet on the abhorrent Street Children. There, an imagined priest is portrayed entertaining himself in the early hours of the morning, tucking into a slap up meal and enjoying a private wine tasting session, all the while, looking for "a sign". Note that Ian decries the church for - shock, horror - locking its doors at night (Does the singer leave his Adidas storage facilities unlocked at night ? Thought not). This asinine presentation of transubstantiation comes from a man in desperate attachment to spiritually corrupt signs ranging from astrology to hustlers performing two-bit magic tricks. The priest is most definitely not 'looking for a sign' during transubstantiation. Transubstantiation is not a miracle that is manifest to the senses. If Ian has even a basic understanding of the Protestant Revolt, he will know that Catholicism held firm to its belief that the Eucharist is not a symbol or sign. You offer sacrifices on altars and you serve meals on tables. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass brings us back to the moment of our redemption; it is a re-presentation, not a representation, of Calvary. Those who broke away in revolt from the Catholic Church are dealing in the business of signs, when it comes to the Eucharist. I would point Ian towards the thirteenth session of the Council of Trent, which declared subject to the ecclesiastical penalty of anathema, anyone who denied this doctrine: "If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as in a sign, or figure or force, let him be anathema. If anyone says that in the sacred and, holy sacrament of the Eucharist the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and denies that wonderful and singular change of the whole substance of the bread into the body and the whole substance of the wine into the blood, the appearances only of bread and wine remaining, which change the Catholic Church most aptly calls transubstantiation, let him be anathema." Neither a fully-sighted priest nor one who is blind are 'looking for a sign' when celebrating the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Dominus Est: It is the Lord ! The Eucharist is a reality of a presence that never ends. Saint Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologica (III, 60, 3) explains, "Therefore a sacrament is a sign that commemorates what precedes it - Christ's Passion; demonstrates what is accomplished in us through Christ's Passion - grace; and prefigures what that Passion pledges to us - future glory."

Jesus, like the Father, works by separating. He introduces a new principle of separation: no longer observance of the Law, but faith in Him. When the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus for a sign, He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign !" (Matthew 12: 39). In chapter six of John's gospel, the first announcement of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ is making an unmistakable demand of faith. Note Simon Peter's closing response to this test of faith: "We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God." (John 6: 69). Faith, that comes by hearing, pierces through the veil. The Acts of the Apostles reveals that those with faith in the Lord were cured by standing in the shadow of a saint (Acts 5: 15 - 16). Without faith, we can neither be united with Christ nor recognise His presence in the Eucharist. Eating is believing (6: 35 - 47) and believing is eating (6: 48 - 58). Trogo (Gk), a verb meaning 'chew' or 'gnaw' is used five times in John's Gospel and only once elsewhere in the New Testament. Greek literature used it to describe the feeding of animals such as mules, pigs, and cattle, and in some cases for human eating. In John, the verb is used four times in the second half of the Bread of Life Discourse (6: 54, 56, 57, 58). This marks a noticeable shift in Jesus' teaching, which up until 6: 54 made use of a more common verb for eating (Gk. esthio, 6: 49, 50, 51, 53). The change in vocabulary marks a change of focus and emphasis, from the necessity of faith to the consumption of the Eucharist. The graphic and almost crude connotation of this verb thus adds greater force to the repetition of His words: He demands we express our faith by eating, in a real and physical way, His life-giving flesh in the sacrament. Two central themes are to be found in the Bread of Life Discourse (John 6: 22 - 59). Over and over, John writes that Jesus came down from heaven (emphasizing His divinity), and that He is giving us His flesh to eat. The Jews objected to these two teachings, and so too did the Gnostics. Ignatius of Antioch, writing at the beginning of the second century, gave great insight into the belief of first and second century Christians, with this refutation of Gnostic and Docetic heresy:

Panis angelicus fit panis hominum. In John 1: 51, Jesus puts Himself at the centre of Jacob's vision, claiming that (1) He is the place where heaven touches down to earth (2) He is the true house of God (3) He is the mediator through whom the angels exercise their ministry. The miraculous provision of bread on the other side of the lake was meant to point to the bread that endures to eternal life. As Jesus distinguished between the water the Samaritan woman sought and the water He would give (John 4: 13 - 14), so here He distinguishes between the bread the crowd sought and the bread the Son of Man will give. This bread endures to eternal life, like the water welling up to eternal life (John 4: 14). The Lord remains forever, and the truth of the Lord remains forever. The Holy Catholic Church is the wellspring through which the divine life flows, and the Holy Eucharist is our eternal gift from God. In the Blessed Sacrament, He truly becomes our Emmanuel (God is with us). In every tabernacle, in every Catholic Church throughout the world, God is present as He promised. Love never fails. For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the Gentiles, and they will offer me a pure sacrifice. Christ came for Israel - His Church for the Gentiles. The Lord looks with favour on a pure offering, but what is man able to offer God that is pure ? Only God Himself. Through consecration on that altar, the bread is the Body of Christ and the chalice holds the Blood of Christ. God himself will provide the lamb for the sacrifice, my son. Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world ! Look with favour on these offerings and accept them as once you accepted the gifts of your servant Abel, the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith, and the bread and wine offered by your priest Melchizedek. Having already blessed Abraham and offered bread and wine on this very same land, Melchizedek prefigures the mysteries of Christ's generation, the eternity of His priesthood. His Church for two thousand years has preached this, every line in Scripture points to it, Our Blessed Lord Himself says it, and backs it up with miracles on this earth to this day. If you read the Bread of Life Discourse and the word flesh is not registering, then it really is high time that you take off those Gnostic shades. When you hear Jesus begin a sentence with the oath formula "Amen, Amen..." (sometimes translated as "Truly, Truly" or "Verily, Verily"), be sure to sit up and take notice. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. The reason Jesus says "Amen, Amen..." is because, in Jewish law, when you were giving testimony, two witnesses were required for your testimony to be accepted. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me. Jesus, using Himself as witness to His own truth, twice says "Amen" (I tell you...), invoking His Divine power. When Christ presents something in this form, it is the Father speaking, swearing an oath on Himself that everything which follows is the absolute God's honest truth. Does it not say in the Sacred Scriptures that God Himself will teach them ? The Gospel of the Lord. God is as good as His Word. The words spoken by Him whom God has sent are God's own words (see John 14: 10); so boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit. God the Father has set His seal on Him. The Eucharist is the supreme outpouring of Divine Love: after this there is only Heaven. "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." (John 6: 29). Think forward to John 11: 42, but also think back to John 2: 18 - 19. After Jesus drove out the money changers from the temple courts, the Jews ask Him for a sign to prove His authority. Jesus answers, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." Unbeknown to them, the temple He was speaking of was His body. For I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. This is the sign that Jesus is going to give: His death, burial, and resurrection. After the Crucifixion, the Temple of Jerusalem will be razed to the ground in divine judgment while the temple of Jesus' body will be raised from the grave in divine glory. The skene, the true shekinah, Jesus is the one in whom the fullness of divinity dwells, and His body now becomes the place of all worship. Do you take offense at this ? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before ? The prophecy of the Resurrection, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger writes in The Spirit of the Liturgy, is to be interpreted at its deepest level, as a prophecy of the Eucharist. But, of course, if you are of the persuasion that 'anyone with a normal brain can see how false the resurrection is', then The Feeding of the Five Thousand was little more than a free lunch from the hands of a huckster.

Top two rows: Ian's appearance on Dynamo's TV show contains a devious attempt to subliminally associate Dynamo's magic tricks with the miracles of Jesus; between magic tricks, there is an utter abomination of a five-second interlude, in which the singer is seen posturing in front of a painting of Jesus in the studio. In the Garden of Eden, the serpent led Adam and Eve into the temptation of a false godhood, in suggesting that we can grasp powers of divinity and be like God; Genesis 3: 4 is, literally, the oldest trick in the book. Eve's first mistake was to listen to Satan. Eve's second mistake was to listen to Satan with interest. Eve's third mistake was to communicate with Satan. In exorcism, the priest sets the terms of spiritual warfare, putting the devil on notice that he is under the authority of a superior spiritual power. An exorcist always begins by asking for the demon's name. If you dance to the tune of the devil, he is exercising power over you, for the devil always has more questions than you have answers. Satan is a master of rhetorical dialogue. He is also a great listener and a great watcher. There are three steps in the diabolical temptation: 1) Satan begins with a Why (Gen 3: 1); he whispers suspicion and arouses doubt. 2) Satan downplays sin and its consequences (Gen 3: 4). 3) Satan lies with the truth. The devil can speak true. Satan flatters to deceive, weaving truths around a delectable false promise (Gen 3: 5). Satan flattered Eve with the carrot of a better deal. Should heresy slither into the midst of the faithful, we are told to submit to God and to resist the devil, which will cause him to flee from us. (James 4: 7). Never suffer pride to reign in thy mind, or in thy words: for from it all perdition took its beginning. In an interview with Number One magazine in June 1990, Ian casually mentions that he has experimented with a Ouija board. Steer well clear of that sort of shit, folks; so too, ceremonial magic, or anything cracking the door to the evil one. And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. "The devil rejoices when people seek private revelations." (Saint John of the Cross). Things first happen in the spiritual realms, then they are made concrete on this earth. Just as Our Lord had His disciples, so too does Satan. Divided in enmity, there are only two spiritual realms: The Holy Spirit and the demonic spirit. Where Christ does not reign, the devil surely will. Supernature abhors a vacuum. The supernatural is never void - it will be filled with the Divine, or it will be occupied by evil. Those who cast off the sweet yoke of Christ's law are automatically turning to the servitude of Satan and the reign of the lawless one. Either the hound of heaven or the hounds of hell will ultimately lay claim to thee. As the West continues down the path of its insanity towards unbelief and embracing pseudoscience as its god, the vacuum is readily filled by Islam and the Occult. Though only the briefest of cameos, it comes as no surprise to see Ian Brown make an appearance amidst the self-absorbed divination of Harry Potter in 2004. This is not the reflective Narnian need for redemption in a fallen world, but rather, a worldview rooted firmly in the self. This is certainly an indication of what the primordial sins, first of the angels and then of man, involved. For our heart's deepest longing remains glory. This was true of both angels and man, before and after their falls. Even the worst sin can never eradicate that longing which flows from our very nature, but rather twists it to settle for the simulacra of real glory. God mad it clear to Lucifer and Adam - as he still does to us through His Church - that we can only acquire the unbounded glory we thirst after through humility and obedience, while Satan and his progeny insist that it can be had on our own, through pride and self-will. Unfortunately, the only place in creation where that condition prevails is hell. I find it very interesting that, of all the Biblical text that Ian Brown could zone in on for his September 2007 Guardian manifesto, he attacks the source and summit of the Catholic Faith, the Holy Eucharist. Here we have a Luther-esque attempt to deconstruct the Catholic Church: if the Eucharist is not a true sacrament, then there is no need for a priest. If there's no need for a priest, then there's no need for the priesthood. If there's no need for a priesthood, then we don't need bishops to appoint priests. If we don't need bishops, then we don't need a hierarchy. If we don't have a hierarchy, then we don't have a Church. If we don't have a Church, then we don't need that pope. This is the spirit of all heresies: yes to Christ, but no to the Church. Separating Christ from the Church is the work of every heretic, and has as its result the loss of Christ Himself. The Protestant Revolt shook the foundations of the entire civilization because it presented a do-it-yourself Christianity rooted in, first, the rejection of the sacraments (and by extension Catholicism), and then a self-interpretation of Sacred Scripture. "If ... there is no supreme head of the church, the domination of religion is nothing but the religion of domination, the cult of the will of the government." This quote from Marx exemplifies why Marxists despise the Catholic Church above all religions. The Catholic Church is the only independent institution in the world. With a supreme head, there can be no lasting power of a government or body over the Church. "He who goes about to take the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass from the Church plots no less a calamity than if he tried to snatch the sun from the universe." (Saint John Fisher). The endgame here is the final destruction of Catholicism, and even of the Christian idea. The munus episcopale (office of bishop) consists of a unique share in the threefold office of Jesus Christ - Priest, Prophet and King - one that the bishop exercises by way of sanctifying, teaching and governing the faithful in His name. The priesthood is constantly under attack (Give me those men so that I may sift them as wheat). Why does Satan go after the Catholic priesthood ? Because the Catholic priesthood brings Christ down from heaven, physically present to us in the Eucharist. Do this in commemoration of me. In persona Christi capitis, the priest perpetuates the Christian memory until the return of the Son of Man on His glorious throne. Hell has not given up the fight to eradicate His very memory, a sure sign of the eternal reality of our Faith. The Greek prefix 'anti-' holds two meanings: against and another. Catholic prophecy reveals that the antichrist will imitate Jesus in many ways (third row). Lucifer's desire to be like the Most High has compelled him to counterfeit the things of God. Light and darkness are opposite, but they are not equal. Light does not depend on darkness for its existence. Light is a force unto itself. Like a virus, doppelgängers require a host agent to exist. Saint Augustine called the devil Simius Dei, "the ape of God", and it is worth noting that everything in the Occult mimics something of Catholicism. The underlying bedrock principle of the occult is Gnosticism, that the material world (matter) is evil. In Gnosticism, or the occult, matter condemns and imprisons man, and holds him in isolation from the spirit world that he wants to get back to. In Christianity, matter is the means for our salvation. We are saved because the Spirit assumed human nature, and raised matter to such a level that we could be saved by it. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." (John 1: 14). "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." (John 6: 53 - 54). Not only is this for now, but a preparation for our flesh on the Last Day. Through renewal of our covenant with Christ, we are being prepared for the heavenly Sion. Where the Paschal blood is poured, Death's dark angel sheathes his sword. Why is Jesus talking about the Last Day and the Resurrection of the Dead in this Eucharistic Discourse ? Because the two are intimately entwined. To participate in the Resurrection, you need the Body of [the risen] Christ. You need to be part of His Body so that on the last day you will be raised up with Him, in the body. We will have a glorified body on the Last Day because we will have had a foretaste of that glory here on earth, through the indwelling of the Holy Trinity. The nature of sin invades the body and the soul. When Adam and Eve sinned, they lost the gift of immortality; the body became a storehouse for sin. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return. Baptism is the nuptial bath which precedes our participation in the wedding feast of the Eucharist, where we receive the Body of our Bridegroom and unite His Body with ours. From Glory into Glory, already by grace is begun that intimate union between God and the soul that will be consummated in glory in heaven. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him (John 6: 56). Yes, this is the will of him who sent me, that all those who believe in the Son when they see him [The Body of Christ. Amen] should enjoy eternal life; I am to raise them up at the last day. In the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we proclaim: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. This response calls to mind the words that were spoken by the Roman centurion to Jesus when he begged the Lord to heal his sick servant in Matthew 8. In our anticipation of this divine encounter, we are asking the Lord to heal not our servant, but our very soul. We are about to receive Him under the 'roof' of our mouths and thus to welcome Him into our physical abode; into our bodies, the dwelling place of the soul. We ask that our souls be healed so that the Lord may indeed enter in spite of our unworthiness, so that - in communion with the Holy Trinity - He may abide in us and we in Him. The ultimate end of the whole divine economy is the entry of God's creatures into the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity. In Christianity, final completion is absolutely dependent on a marriage between matter and the immaterial. Behold, I make all things new. In Gnosticism, or the occult, the focus is strictly spirit, and matter is something to be manipulated to your own selfish ends. It is a reversal of the most fundamental philosophical truth about our human nature - that we are body and soul. "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit." (John 3: 5). This is most explicit in John 1: 33, where the Spirit descends upon Jesus at the very moment He is baptized in the waters of the Jordan. In this new beginning, the Spirit of God once again is moving over the face of the waters. Sacraments are powers that come forth from the Body of Christ. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, to have your sins forgiven; then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Dead Sea - that is your heart. The water that pours forth from the threshold of the sanctuary cleanses sin. Confession is like a second baptism for the forgiveness of sins [I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins...]. God's love is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. For another glaring example of 'anti-Catholicism masquerading as casual interlude', see the Stellify video shoot. Satan has a wide variety of tools in his toolbox.
Fourth row: 'Saint Peter and the fall of Simon Magus' (1571) by Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo. Under no circumstances whatsoever should magic be brought into the realm of Christianity, either by association or competition. One notable example of this in the New Testament is Simon Magus, whose confrontation with Peter is recorded in Acts (8: 9 - 25). By his magic arts, because of which he was called "Magus", and by his teachings in which he announced himself as the "great power of God", Simon had made a name for himself and had won adherents. He listened to Philip's sermons, was impressed by them, and like many of his countrymen was baptized and united with the community of believers in Christ. But, as was evident later, his conversion was not the result of the inner conviction of faith in Christ as the Redeemer, but rather from selfish motives, for he hoped to gain greater magical power and thus to increase his influence. For when the Apostles Peter and John came to Samaria to bestow on the believers baptized by Philip the outpouring of the Spirit which was accompanied by miraculous manifestations, Simon offered them money, desiring them to grant him what he regarded as magical power, so that he also by the laying on of hands could bestow the Holy Ghost, and thereby produce such miraculous results. Full of indignation at such an offer, Peter rebuked him sharply, exhorted him to penance and conversion and warned him of the wickedness of his conduct. Under the influence of Peter's rebuke, Simon begged the Apostles to pray for him (Acts 8: 24). However, according to the unanimous report of the authorities of the second century, he persisted in his false views. The ecclesiastical writers of the early Church universally represent him as the first heretic, the "Father of Heresies". If Ian is placing theological weight on the charade of some clown being supported by a perspex platform on the River Thames, then that particular house of cards will inevitably fall. The arms of Jesus were outspread in His ministry because He is the Son of God; this charisma vacuum on the Thames assumes this tableau partly to maintain his balance, lest he fall from his platform. Don't go too far out into that water - you never know when you might be needed for another 'impromptu' Sun exclusive. As a footnote, Jesus needed neither two 'Don't mind us, just happened to be passing by' kayakers nor a hammily-staged 'police rescue' to facilitate His entry and exit from the water. Go magic up some soap and wash your face you unkempt Neanderthal. You're nothing but a pack of cards ! Between an execrable Ian Brown track and the faux-messianic antics of this shitgibbon extraordinaire on the Thames, you could not mutilate the sixth chapter of John any more if you tried.
Bottom row: EPIC FAIL ! In a 'And now we're gonna swing this raft around to show there's no underwater trickery' moment of stupidity, this charlatan gets his comeuppance. Note how this monumental fuck up is edited - via cutaway - in the official video release to give the impression of one fluid movement. Someone should phone the actual police on this fraud. A recurring theme of this reprobate's media output is a 'bullied council estate kid defying the odds' routine. Take, for instance, his claim as to the 'inspiration' behind this Thames stunt. Anyone with a shred of honesty in their bones would make mention of, y'know, the Bible. This heathen instead plays the sympathy card with a tale of being thrown into a dam at nine years old, wishing he could walk on water, and thereon it becoming a "lifetime ambition". File this one alongside Ian Brown putting the Catholic Church straight aged three in the bullshit embellishment stakes. I wonder what 'inspired' this turbocunt to produce a multitude of fish for a crowd in Cape Town ? Perchance some canteen ruffian in yon distant past pilfered one of Captain Birdseye's finest from thy treasured possession ? I await, with bated breath, to hear what 'inspired' this thundercunt to 'levitate' in front of Christ the Redeemer. Perhaps he once had his head repeatedly bashed against this statue by bullies on a school trip to Rio de Janeiro ?


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