“Man is what he eats.” With that statement the German materialistic philosopher Fuerbach thought he had put an end to all idealistic speculations about human nature. In fact, however, he was expressing, without knowing it, the most religious idea of man. Man must eat in order to live, he must take the world into his body and transform it into himself, into flesh and blood… this image of the banquet remains throughout the whole bible, the central image of life. (For the Life of the World, Alexander Schmemann, ca. 1963)
The basic imprint of the living God is so marked upon the human psyche that we cannot avoid uttering the most basic truths of God. Even when we desire to suppress His very being, His truth still comes out of us. The plain fact is that Man was made for God, and is only restored to wholeness when he takes God into himself, and makes this God his very flesh and blood. It is in the communion banquet that we feast on the Lord Jesus Christ, God of all creation, into our being.