Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist~

Our One Great Act of Fidelity: Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist

"This is my body, broken for you. Take and eat." 
When Jesus spoke those words, and handed out that bread, he gave us true nourishment that we can't explain. 

Now, in "Our One Great Act of Fidelity," Fr. Ronald Rolheiser meditates on that Body and what it means to break it, share it, and receive it. 

Despite the differences between the Catholic and Protestant forms of communion, Fr. Rolheiser's writing could probably touch anybody's heart. {Not being a member of a church, I've never even received communion. Still, I loved this book.} 

He has a way of getting down to the heart of the matter, bringing his years of theological study and his personal spirituality together, and showing us how the things of God flourish in the world that He made. 
When I read Rolheiser, I think "He understands."

Well, just listen to him. Here's a sampling of quotes. 

The Eucharist... "is that place in our world where God takes on concrete flesh. The incarnation is still going on. The Word is still becoming flesh and living among us." 

"Our Eucharists, like our homes and places of work, bring us together even as we are still filled with distrust, jealousy, paranoia, and misunderstandings. We stand around the Eucharistic table with the same wounds we bring to our other tables." 

"The Eucharist tries, first of all, to change us so that we become what we receive, one body, one community, one heart, and one spirit. And that is no easy thing to achieve." 

"The Eucharistic person is ... the child of the kingdom, the grace-merry person who, while sharing fully in the tears of this world, is ultimately distinguished by his or her laughter." 

In this slim volume, no page is wasted. There are compelling ideas everywhere. He ponders the Eucharist as a vigil of waiting, a sacrifice, an invitation to mature discipleship, reconciliation, the touch of God upon our very skin, and a window to the priestly prayer of Christ. 

My favorite section was "A Spirituality of the Eucharist," where he discusses Life as Gift, and our lives as receptive Gratitude. 

I thank Image Books for providing me with a review copy. In a scant number of pages, Fr. Rolheiser provides days worth of reflection. Read ready for your perspective to be refreshed, your outlook renewed. 

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