I can't believe a teacher would not try to answer your son's question..but then she may have been so shocked she had no clue......
here's my thought (I haven't yet researched)..... the Eucharist is God's body and blood..... so it's not human; it's divine......
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I think Renee's answer is a good one and a great way to explain it to your son.
"Lord, please help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I together cannot handle."
LOL Polly, that's actually really cute! It sounds like something Justin would ask!!
Here's my take: We are not eating His Body as in *consuming* it to devour it, which is what cannibalism is. We are taking Him into our bodies to nourish us, both spiritually and physically. If you think about it---everything we eat goes to nourish every single cell in our bodies. And this is the closest way Christ had of bringing His physical Self into our physical selves and making Himself "one" with us. And in a very literal sense, Christ DID give His Body for us in His sacrifice on the Cross, and Communion is in a way a re-enactment of that.
I think, if I am not mistaken, that there is a Gospel story dealing with this. The Pharisees were (of course) horrified that Jesus spoke of us eating His body, and He had a firm response. He said if we *don't*, then we don't have a part of Him. I might be off a bit there, but the message is that---in fact---it is necessary to take His physical body into our physical bodies to become fully part of the Godhead in the way in which He created us to be.
I realize that is probably a bit wordy and "heady", but I trust that in your supreme eloquence, you would be able to paraphrase in a way that your son would understand.
And BTW, the teacher's reaction actually surprises me a bit.
Thanks -- this is perfect. And it isn't too heady for Eddie. I think it is cute too, and actually a