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Thoughts for the Feast of Corpus Christi

May 27, 2013

host“The proper effect of the Eucharist is the transformation of Man into God.” Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Italian Dominican theologian

“There is no way to the rediscovery of the meaning of spirituality until holy communion is born out of holy community” David Clark: English Methodist Minister and community activist

“It is hard to turn my back on an organization, on a community of people I love, but it is harder to go on living a lie. I want to witness in my not receiving communion to the brokenness of our community, to make this visible rather than pretend that everything is all right.” Bridget Rees: British feminist and preacher

“Only in community can humanity reflect God and fulfil the image of God in which we were created for mutual relationship.” Chung Hyun Kyung: Korean theologian

“I don’t think it far fetched to draw a comparison between making love and making Eucharist. Perhaps one reflects the other, the one a personal focus, the other a corporate focus, for the generating of love in the world. After all, at the heart of each are the statements, of person to person, and of God to the community of persons, ‘You matter to me’, and ‘I am willing to die for you’, i.e. grace and sacrifice.” Jim Cotter: English Anglican priest and liturgical writer

“The most glaring scandal of Christianity is its division over the eucharist, its unwillingness to distribute bread and wine to all who approach the table.” Joan Puls: North American Franciscan ecumenist

“When the bread is broken and the wine is poured into the cup at the eucharist, we are brought face to face with our own need for evangelism, with our own brokenness and the call for our lives to be outpoured …

We are brought into a sacramental relationship with the broken and bleeding and with the unloved in our communities – those living with AIDS, the elderly, abused children – the list could be very long. As we listen to them, it is they who also evangelise us. Erice Fairbrother: New Zealand teacher, school chaplain, poet and writer

So, come to this table, you who have much faith and you who would like to have more. You who have been to this sacrament often, and you who have not been for a long time; you who have tried to follow Jesus, and you who have failed. Come. Come. It is Christ who invites us to meet him here. Taize

Come, not because you are strong,

but because you are weak;

come, not because of any goodness of your own,

but because you need mercy and help;

come, because you love the Lord a little

and you would like to love Him more;

come, because He loves you

and gave himself for you.

Lift up your hearts and minds

above your cares and fears

and let this bread and wine be to you

the sign and pledge of

the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

Those who have toiled since the first hour, let them now receive their due reward; let any who came after the third hour be grateful to join in the feast, and those who may have come after the sixth, let them not be afraid of being too late, for the Lord is gracious and He receives the last even as the first.  He gives rest to him who comes on the eleventh hour as well as to him who has toiled since the first…….Come you all: enter into the joy of your Lord.  You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward; you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today.  The table is richly loaded: enjoy its royal banquet.  The calf is a fatted one: let no one go away hungry.  All of you enjoy the banquet of faith; all of you receive the riches of his goodness. S. John Chrysostom

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