The Eucharist: Nurturing Relationships

“The Eucharistic meal dynamically realizes and foreshadows the reversal of the stipulations of the natural need to receive nourishment: the bread and the wine in the Eucharist are shared in, not consumed individualistically, and the eating and drinking serve relation, not nature; life, not survival. Sharing in the bread and wine of the Eucharist refers to the transformation not of mortals or of conduct but of mode of existence. That is why the Eucharist is the sign that reveals the Church’s identity, the event that realizes and manifests the Church.” (Christos Yannaras, Against Religion: The Alienation of the Ecclesial Event, p 44)

Holy Communion is the common meal of the Christian community.  Communion cannot be separated from the community, nor is the community separate from the communicant.   We receive communion to inspire us to love one another and to abide in the community of love.

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One thought on “The Eucharist: Nurturing Relationships

  1. Ron Sr.

    Hi Fr. Ted,

    Thanks for this article. When reading St. John’s Bread of Life Discourse and his very short account of the Last Supper, I believe that Jesus excludes Judas from sharing in the Eucharist Meal. In the The Last Supper and the 2 Types of Bread, Jesus gives bread the first time to Judas, which is symbolic of the denial of Jesus divinity and as soon as Judas consumes this bread, given to him by the very hand of Jesus, Satan and Judas become one; both abiding in one another. The second time Jesus takes bread, He institutes the Eucharist.

    Both Judas and Satan were excluded from being witnesses to the Institution of the Holy Eucharist. Just my 2 cents.

    In Christ,

    Ron

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