During a deliverance session a priest encountered a demon that had possessed a young girl for some years. The demon was tough and obstinate. He so resisted forfeiting the temple he had taken over that the priest was tempted to despair. The praying team was already becoming demoralized and discouraged. But then a thought came to him: “Take him to the Eucharistic Jesus.” In the chapel, the Eucharistic Lord was brought out to stand as a great King reigning in the effulgence of glory and splendor from the monstrance on the altar.
The tide of events changed immediately. The demon shouted at the top of his voice and with great fright, “Who is this! Who is this person?” For him, the Eucharist is “who” and “person,” but for a nonspiritual eye it is “what” and “thing.” We might be seeing a white round substance, but the demons see a person, the Master in His glory. The demon saw the glory of God filling His temple and was dazed. He closed his eyes. He was now stuttering, “Let me go. I don’t want to see Him. Who brought me to His house? We don’t like each other. Take me out of this place!”
“My God! What is he talking about?” the young priest thought to himself. “Is he addressing the consecrated bread on the altar? But it was just this morning that I consecrated it at Mass. How could it be this powerful?” He reasoned myopically like the priest Zechariah, who ministered in the Holy of Holies but could still not believe the words of the archangel Gabriel.
Since the priest entered the chapel with the prayer ministers, nobody had said any other prayer outside the chants: “O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praises and all thanksgiving be every moment thine.” At that very moment it dawned on the priest that the consecrated bread was more than what it appeared to be. It is our Lord. It became the Lord in flesh and blood after consecration. Though He is in the form of bread and wine, He remains God and identifies himself as “the Lord, who heals you” (Exod. 15:26, NIV); the wounded Healer and the bleeding Messiah (Isa. 53:5); “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev. 5:5). After the Consecration, the Church calls this bread Sanctissimum, which means the “Most Holy,” and only God can take this title.
The “Man of war” (Exod. 15:3, KJV) was going to war, and the kingdom of this demon, who had been tormenting this young girl for some years, was badly threatened. When he saw that he had been cornered, he decided to engage the Master in a fight. His plan was to push Him down from the altar.
At first, the praying team tried to protect the Lord from being pushed down, but after some thought, the priest felt that He should be allowed to fight for Himself and asked the prayer ministers to let the demon do what he wished. The demon then rushed with a terrific speed and force toward the altar. But just an inch away from the altar, he stopped with an automatic halt, as if controlled electronically. He tried again and repeated the first experience. He drew back the third time, mustered all his strength and courage and tried again. This time he succeeded having a brush with the altar cloth. It was then that hell was let loose on him. The demon was rattled. He was thrown up high and dashed with a heavy thud on the hard floor and set into a bout of rolling, wriggling, and shouting until he begged to leave.