Except he says: "This IS my body". Not "like my body", not "a symbol of my body". Only someone who has had the Enlightenment philosophy drummed into his brain from birth would presume a "symbolic" meaning here where none is implied by the text. But as we already stated: 1. Jesus is living bread. John 6:51 2. This bread is Christ's flesh. John 6:51 & John 6:53 3. This flesh is real food to be actually eaten. John 6:55 The only presumptuous, arrogant twats here are those who reject a belief that the Church held since time immemorial because they and some 16th century revolutionaries "know better". I'm afraid it's a fact of history that belief in the eucharist dates to the Apostolic and Patristic periods. Ironically, even Martin Luther belived wholeheartedly in the real presence, though he rejected transubstantiation as a nominalist. Here is an example of that metaphysical framework I mentioned earlier. Transubstatiation has to be "hocus pocus". Do you even understand what substantia is? I see you don't understand the meaning of the word metaphysical either. Metaphysical and literal are not terms one juxtaposes. Metaphysics is the area of philosophy which concerns itself with the study of ultimate reality: what REALLY is. For example, if I claim that human emotions are just activities of the brain in response to the release of chemical substances, that is a METAPHYSICAL claim. Yes, the bread LITERALLY becomes the body of Christ, namely, the underlying substance which has the form of bread becomes the body of Christ, so that what ones consumes is essentially his flesh that has the accidents of bread. This is a METAPHYSICAL fact. I'm sorry that as a materialist what is LITERAL here for you can only pertain to the mere atomic structure of the matter or the phenomenal appearance as dicovered through the empirical investigatins of sensual perception, as though if I took the flesh of my hand and changed its cehmistry it would with this formal change have ceased to be subtantially my flesh. You're just one of the cohorts of mindless modern idiots.So idiotic, in fact, that you're looking to take theological advice from a man who thinks that the EARTH IS FLAT.