So the USCCB is still writing a document on the Eucharist? I thought that had been tabled. Fr Thomas Reese has some suggestions here.
I agree with a few, including deep-sixing Aristotelian philosophy.
I believe that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, but I do not believe in the Aristotelian metaphysics of prime matter, substantial forms, substance and accidents.
This is right. We believe the Body and Blood. It’s Real. We don’t need to describe how because really: we don’t know.
(T)he document should emphasize that the purpose of the Eucharist is not to bring Christ down on the altar so that we can worship him. If you want to worship Jesus, go to Benediction. The Eucharist is about worshipping the Father, not Jesus. Jesus never asked his disciples to worship him. His message was all about the Father, not himself.
Basic undergraduate theology here. We join in the Son’s adoration of the Father.
People learn about the Eucharist by being shown good worship, not by being told about it, who should come or not, receive or not, and what gets transformed and how. Some things are none of our business, and way beyond any human’s pay grade.
Bishops these days may not be the best teachers. Who shows us good worship? Good pastors. Parents and friends. Parishes that worship well, mindfully with quality and appropriate creativity in the arts.
Image above: Late 12th century mosaic, Monreale Cathedral, Sicily. Jesus feeding thousands, obviously.