Some Catholics baffle me. I will on occasion come upon a conversation in which one of my coreligionists explains his or her insistence on receiving the Blessed Sacrament only from the priest, i.e., the one who offered the sacrifice of the Mass. I sort of get this desire as a preference, although I don’t share it. However, I know there are those who will refrain from receiving Holy Communion if the priest isn’t distributing, out of some need to make a statement or to keep oneself pure by not participating in an “abuse.” This disposition I find very odd. If you believe that Christ is still fully present in the Blessed Sacrament, even when not distributed by the priest, then why wouldn’t you receive him? Refraining in this circumstance implies that the rubrics are good enough for God to be present, but not good enough for you to participate by receiving the sacrament. Is ritual purity really more important than union with God and participating in his divine life in this particular way? Maybe I missing something.
UPDATE: Post revised for clarity. Added text in italics.