[quote=VociMike]I can’t quote all of your response because you seem to have inserted your remarks inside of my QUOTE box, but let me just ask you a few questions.
First, you said Christ did not say “Do this, this IS Me!”. Well, He said “This IS my body” and “This IS my blood”. So why are we not to believe Him?
You talk about Christ being “spiritually” present here on earth while being present (physically present?) in heaven. Answer me this: Is Christ really present in heaven? Is Christ really present on earth whenever two or three…? If He is really present in both places, how is this possible?
You make a mistake when you suggest that Catholics believe Christ is “physically” present in the Eucharist. We believe that Christ is “sacramentally” present, that He is truly, really, and substantially present.
Now, if you agree that whenever two or three gather that Christ is really present, then why do you insist that such a presence is allowed, but that being truly, really and substantially present is not allowed?
First – VociMike, I am not following you around the forum – intentionally anyway.
I do not understand the connection that you (and others) are trying to draw between the word “remembrance” and the contextual idea of sacrifice. That His followers would have understood the word to refer to a sacrifice makes complete sense to the extent that He was saying “do this” (i.e., take part in communion) to remember the sacrifice that I am about to be for you and everyone else who believes in Me.
I have no qualms with the communion service or ceremony or tradition. I think it is clear that Jesus called us to “do” it. He said to do it in “remembrance” in light of what was about to happen which didn’t make any sense to them until the stone was rolled away, and they saw Him in the upper room after He rose (like a lot of things that He had said to them before He died).
Jesus is “present” here through the Holy Spirit. His spiritual presence is no less “present” than if He walked into the room – it would just be much easier to point Him out!