Yesterday I went to my niece's First Communion Mass and was delighted with all of the happy girls and boys all dressed up for this big occasion. Their parents, grandparents and godparents filled the church chairs (no pews in this church) with excited anticipation of this big day for their loved ones. The priest did a wonderful job at giving a succinct explanation of why Catholics believe the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He quoted from John 6: Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him." John 6:53-55
It was beautifully done and then the First Communicants went up with their parents to receive Jesus' body and blood. The majority of the Communicants and their parents only received Jesus' Body. They didn't take His blood. I was very surprised at this because it was their very first time and they should have received both Jesus' body and blood. The bible verse does not say to take only the body... it clearly says, to drink His blood.
Later that day, I asked my sister why the majority of First Communicants and their parents didn't receive the blood of Jesus and she responded that their Religious Education Teacher (who is a nun) advised them not too since it was their first time. Or something like that. A sister of the church who advises against it is mind boggling to me. I am a Eucharistic Minister at my church and maybe 50% of the parishioners will come to receive Jesus' blood. I'm guessing they do not because a fear of germs? A sanitary issue?
Whatever the reason is, I feel it's slighting Jesus. It's obeying only part of his word... picking and choosing what one will follow and what one won't follow. Do we know better than Jesus? Of course not. We must put our faith in him and follow His word.