It is a hard teaching, indeed, but ultimately one of unfathomable beauty. While it may strain our ability to understand and challenge us to express our faith in ways that are profoundly uncomfortable in their visceral reality, it ultimately points us to the promise of the greatest gift ever given to those who would receive it, as well the profound humility of the one through whom that promise is fulfilled: that in Christ God would humble himself to death (even death on a cross!) for our salvation and then offer up his flesh and blood for the life of the world.