To start off let me make it clear that I sincerely and contritely believe that our Lord is fully present (Body, Blood, Soul, & Divinity) in the Most Holy Eucharist and it is not my intention to lead anyone to doubt that infallible truth that is at the heart of our faith.
We believe transubstantiation changes the host from bread and wine to the absolute Body & Blood of the Lord; however we do not believe that the presence of the Lord destroys all germs and health risks associated with drinking from the same cup. In recent years the most precious Blood, present in the Chalice, has not been offered to the faithful because of the risk of spreading H1N1 and other life threatening illnesses. How does one reconcile that the God of Life who is immortal is fully present in the Most Holy Sacrament leads our souls to eternal life through receiving the Eucharist, but this same Eucharist can carry pathogens that kill our bodies?
The Lord Be With You