Communion and Community

“Bill interjected. ‘I don’t go to church to relate with others, I go to receive the sacrament. Receiving Christ feeds my prayer life, makes me feel closer to him. It helps me to keep up my devotions throughout the week.’

‘I think part of the reason you say this, Bill, is that you’re missing a crucial dimension of what the Eucharist is about,’ Father answered. ‘The liturgy is not a “me and Jesus” phenomenon. The Eucharist ushers in the kingdom of God and makes us its citizens. Here we willingly enter into a relationship with God and with each other through the command of Christ and his mediation. This transcends and supersedes every separation and division – a challenge for us all, for Christ says, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Isn’t is remarkable that we become most truly who we are by giving ourselves entirely to others! That’s the only way we can become most fully ourselves. The sacraments feed our union and make it visible in the assembly where we partake of them. Many of us still don’t understand that this worship is more than just “me and Jesus”; after all, no one can “muster up” the eucharist alone; it’s interpersonal, “we together” who are shown how expansive the mystery of Christ is. Again, it’s beyond anything we could achieve alone.’” (The Monks of New Skete, In the Spirit of Happiness, pp 222-223)

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