The Eucharist – Source and Summit of the Christian Life

Sister Barbara Jean Franklin, A.S.C., the Chapter Guide for this week’s chapter, proposed the following dramatic activity in imagination with older kids in looking at the Eucharist in different light…

Myles Connolly introduced the world to his title character, Mr.Blue, in 1928.  Within the novel, J. Blue, a mystic whose unconventional life still has much to teach a world steeped in materialism and hungry for power, tells a story of his image of the end of the world.  In the story the last Christian is believed to have been put to death by the International Government of the World (IGW) and people lead mechanical lives in a sterile world.  Eating as we know it has been replaced by a liquid diet dispensed from three different pipes.  In addition to water there are two other fluids, one has lubricating qualities and the other has sustaining and fueling qualities.  Unlike his fellow automatons, No. 2,757,311 spends his Restday afternoon out on a secluded hillside through spring and summer.  One day in autumn he returns to his vault secreting a small package.  That day he had harvested his wheat, beaten it into flour, mixed it with water and baked it over a fire.  That night he unpacks a parcel he had brought with him when he was  herded into captivity.  He has a bottle with dark red liquid and a book.  Two hours before dawn he takes the bottle and book along with the bread he had made and goes to the top of a gigantic structure that towers over the city, a monument to one of the founders of the IGW.  He is discovered bending over his makeshift altar and the city is quickly awakened to this act of treason, the liturgy of the Eucharist.  As a plane prepares to drop a bomb on the tower, the priest prays, “Hoc est enim corpus meum….”  The bomb does not drop.  Instead, there is a burst of light “and through this unspeakably luminous new day, through the vault of the sky ribbed with lightning came Christ as He had come after the Resurrection…. The kingdom of the Anti-Christ disappeared like ashes in a whirlwind.”

…. Perhaps most of us don’t think of the Eucharist in such a dramatic way; but daily, weekly, monthly it is no less efficacious.  Indeed, the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.

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One Response to The Eucharist – Source and Summit of the Christian Life

  1. wth3 says:

    I’ve been drawn to the Eucharist (liturgy) and Eucharist (Sacrament) since I was a young boy. Holding the Body of Christ in my hands and taking it into my body has tremendous value and is a source of comfort. Being the “source and summit” of our faith is no accident. The question becomes for me , “How does the Eucharist manifest itself in a global manner? What are the universal consequences of coming together as the Body of Christ, to receive the Body of Christ, and going out into the world to create the Body of Christ?”
    One of my favorite books on the subject is, “Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ (Challenges in Contemporary Theology)” by William T. Cavanaugh. Take a look, if you are so inclined.
    We are not called to be a self serving community. We are called to feed and clothe the poor, visit the sick and dying and those in prison. “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me!” The global consequences of our faith action seems more important than any closed communities that we create. It is following Jesus’ social teaching that bears witness to our faith lives.

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