If we take Christ seriously when he says “This is my body, this is my blood” why, if Christ was fully human, did he hold up bread and wine? Shouldn’t he have held up his arm dripping with blood?
My girlfriend posed that question to me. She said that she thinks it is symbolic and not literal. I’m not sure I completely understand either. Any help?
I find it rather hard to believe that people at a table would take food and wine from only one person.
If you and I went to a meal with 12 others, surely we would stretch and help ourselves to the wine and food, why would someone say, "Take this all of you and eat it, etc;
Why didn’t the apostles get their own food and drink from their own cup ?
Mark 14:22 22 And whilst they were eating, Jesus took bread; and blessing, broke, and gave to them, and said: Take ye. This is my body.23 And having taken the chalice, giving thanks, he gave it to them. And they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them: This is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many. 25 Amen I say to you, that I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it new in the kingdom of God.
John 15:5 5 I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
This from Mark I want to draw your attention to, it seems from this, although many can say it’s a play on words, that the apostles and Jesus were **already eating ** before Jesus said those words, I don’t know, but it does seem so.
I agree with Aquinas xvi that Cana can be linked to what happened at the Last Supper.