16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (1 Cor. 10:16-17)
Thoughts: Here the catechism shows a different appreciation of the Lord's Supper than the traditional catholic view. Just as the water in baptism isn't turned into blood signifying Christ's death to wash away sin, so the Lord's Supper is a real signifying event, but it is not the physical body and blood. Christ says, "This is my body." But "Is" can be representative and symbolic as well as indictin died. So, if I point to a map and say, "This Is the United States." It really isn't the country- but it symbolizes it. All are welcome to the table. In fact, the table is a reminder that none of us are worthy and all of us stand in need of forgiveness. But those who refuse to repent or who are proudful hypocirisy.