My sister-in-law, who is a non-practicing Episcopalian (Anglican), were discussing The Real Presence the other day. She said that she believed in The Real Presence, even when she was a Baptist, and then a Methodist…
I asked her, since she believes God is truly present in the “blessed sacrament” in those denominations, why doesn’t she attend Church, and spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament and even the Tabernacle in Catholic Churches?
Her response? “Well, I believe God is everywhere, I don’t need to go to those places because God is in everything and every person, and He’s, like, you know…everywhere and I don’t need to go to church…”
You see, most people (even most Catholics) don’t understand that it was Jesus who brought the Divine to us in His person - that sure, God is everywhere, but He is particularly present in the Body of Christ, that is, in the bread we offer to God in order to bring the Crucifixion to our own time and places. To believe in The Real Presence is more than believing “God is everywhere”, but is about believing in God’s Incarnation in Jesus, and Jesus’ Incarnation in the bread and wine upon Consecration.