On the way home from church today I talked with my dad about how in the old Catholic days, people were not allowed to chew the Body when it was in the mouth; and moreover how in John 6 the verb Jesus uses for “to eat” literally means “to chew.” .
My dad thought I was up to something, so he said somewhat in frustration, “Yeah, but you can’t really chew the wafer! It just dissoves in your mouth, like m & m’s. It’s unleaven bread, not leaven bread. It’s not like you get a wad of Italian bread to put in your mouth. It would makes sense to chew that but not a wafer” And then I started thinking: the Orthodox use leaven bread, so they can actually chew that, even if it is mixed with a little wine.
Maybe I’m going a little too far in my reasoning, but I thought that was a disturbing conclusion.
By the way, why do we use unleaven bread as opposed to leaven bread, especially when we cannot chew unleaven bread as Christ commands? What does it have to do with the traditional Passover bread?