Let me be clear. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by God’s power, brings forward the historic one Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary to the present (or better yet, in a timeless, eternal way) but in a glorified, beautiful and palatable way. It is a glorified “symbol” of the original Sacrifice or is it a glorified “sign”? Either way it represents that one Sacrifice but not in an off-putting gory, bloody way.
The Sacrificial Banquet is a “symbol” too. Modern liturgists like to call it a “meal” or a “supper” which for me is just too hard to believe. I can’t even call it a snack in good faith. Who thinks a small disc of bread and a sip of wine, if offered, is a meal or a banquet. No one that I know. It is a sample.
Thus the Sacrificial Banquet is not about biological food in any way. It is a symbol of a banquet of heaven. Why? Because What is received is not a What but a Who. Jesus Christ, His glorified and Sacramentally offered “Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.” It is the Glorified Christ under the appearance of Bread and Wine. But the food or meal aspect is a symbol. And the “symbolism” of eating and drinking the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ has nothing to do with a biological need of our bodies. Food becomes a part of us. But in Christ and receiving Him, He makes us a part of Him.
It is a symbol but also a sacramental faith reality.
The focus should not be on “eating and drinking” but rather on actively receiving the one who incorporates us into His Church which is His Body! He is the Head. But even that is a symbol, no?
A taste of Bread and a sip of Wine does not really make a banquet in the literal sense. That would be biblical fundamentalism or literalism. But receiving Christ whole and complete but in a glorified, symbolically palatable and beautiful sacramental way—that is truly the heavenly Banquet. Kosher?