Richard Dawkins can mock the idea of the Real Presence all he wants. As he appears to be quite the intellectual, I am going to take his word that he has analyzed the Real Presence and has come to a conclusion. He has chosen. He is very clear on that. As a Catholic Christian I can accept this choice because I believe that we are recipients of the gift of free will. If I choose to abandon my faith and agree with his decision that leaves me with only one option, a very boring, lonely reality.
I personally want more than what he offers. I beg for more. It is kind of like listening to a story teller sharing a mystery story. I want the creative animated speaker, not the monotone unimaginative one. I certainly can hear the words of the monotone voice, but to be honest I find it incredibly dull and difficult to pick up the clues and stay focused on what is being said. I typically stop listening and become self absorbed. I'll take the speaker who pulls me into the story and engages my mind to push itself to try to figure it out. I began to think less of myself and began to become aware of something more and intriguing.
I love the fact that I am not limited to what Dawkin's calls reality. I love the mysteries of the Eucharist. I can't explain fully the rush I get when I think about the idea that as I am consuming the Body of Christ I am part of all those who went before me, all those who right now are participating, and all those who will participate when I am gone. All of that! I AM part of that Body, that Presence. AND that is just one attempt to figure it out. God is not limited by our limited definitions of time, place, and form so imagine what is possible! How exciting!
I feel sad for Mr. Dawkins as I love (desire good for the other) and know that his time here on earth is limited, as it is for all of us. He has further limited himself from some rather lively and interesting facets of thinking by declaring such a small literal view of reality.
Jesus knew exactly what he was doing when he gave us His Body and Blood. To consume Him (What a radically startling thought!) involves interaction of mind, body, and spirit. If I did not do this or look at it in light of what my faith teaches my thoughts would become more focused on myself and I would forget to look for more, to see the clues revealed. It would be a rather boring thing- just eating bread. That I would find incredibly lacking and dull. I'll take an engaging faith with some mystery. That is my choice and I sure find it interesting.