I was always taught that it didn’t matter under which species we received the Eucharist because was whollly present in both.
So are we really taking Jesus’ words literally. What we are saying is “This is Me, wholly and substantially present but symbolic of my body/ blood which will be spilled for you”.
Aren’t we actually taking His words as a symbol?
At the last supper (Jesus); the Word of God is present institutes the Eucharist, not as a symbol but as a Sacrament. Sacrament is the visible sign (bread and wine) instituted by Jesus Christ to part Grace to the believer, with His presence.
A symbol never has such graces or power to bring about the works of God. When a sacrament reveals the finger (works) of God has come upon us.
Each small visible particle (crumb, drop) of the blessed Sacrament in Eucharist is the whole body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.
At the last supper Jesus is fulfilling the Old Testament Passover perpetual law as the sacrifice, God himself will provide. The law dictates we must consume the lamb sacrifice, who takes away the sin of the world.
Real blood, real lamb flesh consumed is the divine promise of eternal life. A symbolic blood or symbolic lamb flesh in the form of bread and drink can never give eternal life.
In the old covenant Passover consumed a real lamb of flesh which prefigured the real lamb of God in the new and everlasting covenant which fulfills the covenant of flesh into the eternal covenant of the Spirit in the incarnation (fully human flesh/ fully divine) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Word of God says; “This is my body, this is my blood”. God calls us to faith here; Faith is the (assurance) realization of things hoped for , the evidence (conviction) of things not seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval. By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen (visible) was made out of the things (invisible) which do not appear.
Faith in Eucharist is a spiritual (eternal) reality, that is describes in spiritual terms, which the carnal mind cannot perceive without the Spirit of God.
The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. For that which is discerned according to the flesh in the world avails nothing, but that which is discerned in the Spirit of God gives life. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God… but we have the mind of Christ 1Cor.2:6-16
A symbolic body and blood is discerned from a carnal mind.
A true and real presence of Jesus body, blood, soul and divinity is discerned with the Spirit of God.
The Eucharist is Spirit and Truth.
Peace be with you