We are the Body of Christ as well.
Yes, I understand, but we are not the Eucharist. We do not eat and drink each other.
In fact, I just watched a video from a priest that explains really well the “amen” when Catholics receive it isn’t just an affirmation that the wafer is truly the body of Christ, but the affirmation that we are a part of the Body of Christ. Bread was chosen by the Lord for various reasons, one of which is because it take many grains of wheat joined together to make bread.
Yes…and nobody is denying that. But you are equating, and I am not sure why, the Eucharist or the Real Presence for the Church which is the body of Christ…as opposed to the Body of Christ in the Eucharist.
From the Didache; In regard to the Eucharist you shall give thanks thus: First in regard to the cup: We give you thanks our Father for the holy vine of David your son, which you have mad known to us through Jesus your Son. Gory be to you forever. In regard to the broken bread
: We give you thanks our Father, for the life an knowledge which you have made known to us through Jesus your Son. Glory be to you forever. As this broken bread was scattered on the mountains, but brought together was made one, so gather your Church from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. for yours is the glory and the power through Jesus Christ forever. Let no one eat or drink of the Eucharist with you** except those who have been baptized in the name of the Lord**]…
Yes…this is describing or prescribing how to do the consecration during the Mass or Divine Liturgy.
:shrug: I’m just quoting the Didache. I understand “closed communion” of the RCC, but it is still one of those things that I believe divides Christendom, not different ideas but rather not allowing baptized Christians to partake together. And, yes, I understand the argument against such communion.
But you have to understand the Didache from a Catholic viewpoint on the Eucharist in that particular section, and not through a protestant understanding or viewpoint.
For a person to receive Communion in a Catholic Church it is essential that they believe that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. Through the mystery of transubstantiation what was bread and wine, become Jesus’ actual body and blood, all the while appearing to us as bread and wine still.
For a Catholic, Communion is more than a ‘feel good re-enactment’ of the last supper. While there is certainly truth in the idea that Communion is a building up of the community, it is so much more than that. Through Communion we are being grafted ever more closely into the Body of Christ on earth and in Heaven, and we who receive are united in belief. When we say Amen (meaning; it is so) before receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus, we are each agreeing to the one thread of belief that runs through the very core of us all. That we do believe in the teaching of the Church and in the Real Presence.
If you can not say Amen to that, then you can not receive. There are even occasions that though we believe, we as Catholics can not receive Communion, due to our not being in a state of grace. This is how seriously we take our faith!
In partaking of Communion we also become one with Christ in our physical and spiritual bodies. For those that are not in union with the Catholic Church, sharing the Eucharistic feast would be in a sense an attempt to create some kind of illusion that we were in union, which at this time, we are not. In conclusion then, while the Eucharistic table is open to all, not all will be open to the means which enable them to partake at the Eucharistic Table.