Three Pertinent Scripture Passages, with an explanation:
Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, 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 food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven--not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever." (St. John 6:53-58
Jesus said, “when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (St. Luke:14:13-14)
The gist is this: What Jesus said in St. John 6 is to be taken at face value. It is not to be rationalized away as magical or too Catholic or Orthodox. And children, and all who cannot think abstractly as to digest doctrines, not only nevertheless but especially qualify for participation in the Body and Blood of Christ, the Eucharist, Holy Communion. This most central Feast of the Kingdom of God is for all, but especially for the little and the broken.
“The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalms 51:17) We are all called to acknowledge that we need to be fixed.