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Hocus Pocus

Salvation can be difficult to understand, especially when it’s not clearly explained. During the Middle Ages, the most educated people in European villages was usually the priest. He was a source of information and help, as well as the one holding the keys to heaven.

The people coming to mass could not have spoken Latin, much less read it. But, they knew the priest taught them something magical happened to the bread and cup when he prayed and said the words, "Hoc est corpus meum," meaning "this is my body."

The people couldn’t explain it, but they knew that when the priest prayed, he said that the bread and cup changed into the body and blood of Christ Himself. They still tasted like bread and wine; they couldn’t tell the difference. Since they couldn’t really understand the words the priest said when he made the "magical" change take place, the words became corrupted when the spoke of it.

Today, we too speak of something that’s "hocus pocus" if it is supposed to be magical, but we’re suspicious about what really happened.

But what we remember at communion is not "hocus pocus." We remember that the creator of the universe came to earth and died, so that we could be saved.

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