Eucharistic Exposition in Boston

The Boston Pilot has a story about the return of perpetual exposition of the Eucharist to the Archdiocese of Boston.  The article has some strange claims.

Tim Van Damm, coordinator of the effort, said the grace at the already vibrant St. Clement community will be multiplied.

“Anytime the Lord is present 24-hours a day, seven days a week, people are changed,” he said.

Even Catholics should raise an eyebrow to this. According to Catholics, the bread and wine of the Eucharist, when consecrated, become the “body and blood, soul and divinity” of Jesus.  The consecrated bread is retained in a box called a tabernacle, primarily for distribution to the sick, but also for adoration. So a Catholic should believe that Jesus is present Eucharistically “24-hours a day, seven days a week” in any tabernacle–it shouldn’t make a difference if it is metal or glass coming between you and the Eucharist.

And Catholics would also agree that Jesus is present apart from the Eucharist. He is present when we are at home, when we are outside–“Lo, I am with you always,” he says. “When two or three are gathered in my name, I am in their midst.” “In him we live, and move, and have our being.”

Protestants at the time of the Reformation rejected the practice of Eucharistic exposition because it is a late innovation. Luther noted, Jesus said, “Take and eat,” not “Take and show it to people, or bow down and worship.”