[quote="Scott_Milso, post:1, topic:446093"]
John 6:53-55 "53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. 54 Whoever eats[g] my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. "
When I was younger (1970's-1980's) it seemed like it was much less common to drink the wine at communion, now it it is available at every mass and most people take the Eucharist AND the wine. I personally always receive the host, but walk past the wine, as do some other members. I was taught the wine is optional and the host alone provides the sacrament. But John 6:51-53 seems to require both.
It sounds like you're saying the Eucharist is ONLY the Flesh, and the cup is ONLY the Blood. If that were true, then you would probably have a point about the verse and what Jesus is saying there. However, that is NOT the case, as has been pointed out (read tawny's second sentence, for instance).
Yes, Jesus says, "and". We often refer to the Eucharist as the Body and the Cup as His Blood. However, they are actually "both/and." When we receive the Eucharist, we receive both His Body AND His Blood--not just the Body in the Eucharist. When we receive from the Cup, we receive both His Body and His Blood, not only the Blood. It's not always an easy concept to grasp.
Add to that the concept that this is no longer bread and no longer wine, but His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity under the appearance of bread and wine.... and WOW! :eek:
The miracle and the mystery of just this one concept is mind-blowing if we really stop to think about it. God is awesome! :D
On a related note: You probably already do this, but for those that are not aware, when we "walk past" the Cup (or the Eucharist, either), we should still acknowledge His Presence there. I have been told that a small bow is sufficient (as when we walk past the Eucharist in the Tabernacle).