Sunday Reflection: “Sacremental Theology of the Eucharist”

The Eucharist, includes an eschatological sign of the reign of God in anticipation of the banquet at the “end time”.  It is Christ’s table with Christ as the host who calls us to it while offering himself as food for our nurture and transformation.  Communion is not merely for the individual’s benefit but also is a call and means to become signs of love, and agents of justice, healing, and peace; a recalling of the Last Supper; a remembering of Jesus’ self-offering in his life, death, and resurrection until his coming again.  The inclusion of children as recipients of communion has helped to open the table to others; an open and inclusive table is common to both but not universal in application.  Communion should be with and in the community not just as an individual, “me and God”.  Communion is with the whole Church, all who have come before and are no longer with us on earth.  While Anglicans speak of the real presence of Christ in the elements, this is not a literal sense.  All these varied expressions of meaning, though not necessarily all at the same time, are found in the liturgy and Eucharistic prayers in some form.

“The places of worship are not our places so much as a place where God gathers us, and the focus in not so much on buildings or on language, but on the community of God’s body being shaped and moulded together.”
Gordon Jensen
Anglican Church of Canada

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