Christ reveals the mystery of the Eucharist. There is such realism in what he says that it cannot be given a metaphorical or figurative interpretation. His listeners know exactly what Jesus is saying, but they do not believe he can be speaking the truth. If they had thought he was speaking in symbols or metaphors, they would have taken it in their stride; no dispute would have arisen. Here we find the source of the Church’s belief that Christ becomes present in this sacrament through changing his bread and wine into his Body and Blood. “The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: ‘Because Christ our redeemer said that it was truly his Body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation’ (DS 1642)” (CCC, 1376).
God bless you all.
Fr. Francisco M. Tovar