Jesus, Mary, and Catholic Tradition in Passion of the Christ

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

3 Responses

  1. Andrew Mugford says:

    With regards to the discussion of the Eucharist in the last paragraph of your article, they were probably drawing on John 6:51-56:

    51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

    52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

    • Good point. When I wrote the paper I checked the explicitly Eucharistic texts but it is easy to see how this could be paired up with them, especially if you already hold to that understanding of the Eucharist. I’ll leave it unedited above because I think it does still show the Catholic (and others who see it as a sacrament in the strictest sense) bias.

      • Andrew Mugford says:

        Oh no, I wasn’t suggesting you change it, simply to say that that passage has been understood as explicitly Eucharistic for much of Church history. Interestingly though, not for Luther who didn’t think it tied in well with his view of trans-substantion.