“Lord Jesus, Who in the Eucharist make your dwelling among us and become our traveling companion, sustain our Christian communities so that they may be ever more open to listening and accepting your Word. May they draw from the Eucharist a renewed commitment to spreading in society, by the proclamation of your Gospel, the signs and deeds of an attentive and active charity,”
~ Pope John Paul II
Those are the words of Pope John Paul II regarding the sacred symbol of the Eucharist. His words were about behaving in a Christlike manner. I won’t excuse the little twit that took the “Host” from mass, but I will even less excuse the fanatics that call for his blood in the name of the Prince of Peace. Stop it!
Now, to get on with what I want to talk about. Sacred Symbols are just that, sacred, (held holy) by those adherents to the individual belief system of which they are a part. If you stomp on the Christian flag in almost any congregation Catholic or Protestant there are liable to be heated words exchanged. And there is no one who can argue that the Christian Flag is sacred as more than just a symbol of one’s faith. There is nothing in either testament about holding flags as holy unto God.
There is, in fact, nothing commanding that the Host be held in that respect in either testament. It has simply become a practice over the centuries, and since Catholics believe it to transubstantiate into the body of Christ, in their hearts they hold it sacred. I don’t really have a problem with any of that, in fact, my own take on the entire debacle is that the little twit that took it ought to be disciplined for disturbing the peace. Do I think it needs to be any more than some community service? No. If Christ himself were able to speak to the situation he would probably say something like, “Father, forgive him, he didn’t know what he was doing?” Oooops, he already said that, and what? They were hanging him on a cross at the time! I think those who believe they are representing the Christ had ought to back up and start all over.
And, one other thing, if I may while I am here. There are many symbols around the world, held sacred by this group of believers or that group of believers, and all the other groups, including Christians tend to walk all over the other symbols, calling them Satanic at the very least. If you want your symbols to be respected, then respect the symbols others hold dear.