I’ve searched around CAF on the topic relating to the Eucharist and how to explain it to Protestants. I’ve found some threads that have been helpful, including the following:
How do we know the bread and wine are LITERALLY the Body and Blood of our Lord?
how to explain to a Protestant that the Eucharist isn’t cannabalism?
Why do we not drink consecrated wine at mass?
I managed to point out references from Scripture regarding the Eucharist, including the Lord’s own words that it is indeed His flesh and blood, and that He wasn’t speaking figuratively because He didn’t explain it afterwards as He would have done when He did speak figuratively, and to press this point even more that many of His disciples left Him because they realized He was literally talking about His flesh and blood, and also I pointed out St. Paul’s warning of never receiving the Lord’s flesh and blood while in grave sin.
From the threads though I haven’t found (or possibly missed) any references to the question I’m still left with, which is the Lord saying in the Gospels to “do this in remembrance/memory of me”. The counter comes as such: “But Jesus also said “do this in remembrance/memory of me” - why would Jesus say that if He was also saying that He is present in flesh and blood in the bread and wine. Why would I need to do something to remember or in memory of someone, if that someone is right there with me? It makes more sense if it were like visiting a person’s grave or keeping pictures of a departed family - the person isn’t there anymore, either in the grave or in the pictures, but we visit the grave or look at the picture to remember them. So, it’s symbolic.”
At that point, I got kinda stumped. Can someone help point out what I could say about this?
Just to note, I’m not trying to do any apologetics. I recognize my lack of knowledge on Church teachings so I’m not attempting anything like that. This question basically came up during a discussion between friends.
Thank you for your help!