I can't understand how people who can believe that a virgin actually gave birth to a baby boy, that this same boy grew up and made wine from water, fed thousands of people on a few loaves of bread and some fish, raised some folks from the dead, and then he himself was crucified and also rose from the dead - just can't seem to believe in the "Real Presence" of this same man in the Holy and Sacred thing called the Eucharist, that he himself told us who follow him, that it was him, and we should partake of him, in remembrance of him.
I have no problem with Catholics believing that the eucharist is the literal body of Christ.
I do not agree with the doctrine, but I am convinced that it doesnt matter at all.
Holy Communion is not about whether the bread becomes meat, or the wine becomes blood. Holy Communion is about remembering the sacrifice on the cross.
What I do take offence with is that the RCC claims exclusive possession of the celebration by only including those they feel are in union with themselves and with their Pope.
That has never been an aspect of Holy Communion, and as Jesus showed us He even broke bread with Judas.
The RCC may believe all she wants, bread becoming meat and wine becoming blood, but as long as she refuses to implement and interpret the meaning of the celebration correctly...all of this is of no value whatsoever.
You are right AVZ. Its all in the spirit and faith of the partaker whether it by transubstantiation or done in remembrance. The Problem comes when the Catholic church says unless it is done their way you cannot be saved. So all others are condemned by their legalism. I also agree with Soterion that John 6 has nothing to with the last Supper.