4.21.2011

On this day over 2,000 years ago...

"...the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."  (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

HOLY THURSDAY

In 1921, the Protestant theologian Ferdinand Kattenbusch tried to show that Jesus' words of institution at the Last Supper constituted the act of founding the Church.  With these words, he argued, Jesus gave his disciples something new that bound them together and made them into a community.  Kattenbusch was right:  with the Eucharist, the Church herself was established.  Through Christ's body, the Church became one, she became herself, and at the same time, through his death, she was opened up to the breadth of the world and its history.

The Eucharist is also a visible process of gathering.  In each locality, as well as beyond all localities, it involves entering into communion with the living God, who inwardly draws people together.  The Church comes into being from the Eucharist.  She receives her unity and her mission from the Eucharist.  She is derived from the Last Supper, that is to say, from Christ's death and Resurrection, which he anticipated in the gift of his body and blood.
-Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week

2 comments:

  1. cool, I like this. The Eucharist has definately been in my thoughts these recent days. I am thankful for it, but I also think it is an invitation to suffer with Christ, as his body, the Church

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  2. "The Church comes into being from the Eucharist" - well, not exactly. The church comes into being by Christs calling his elect to faithfulness. The Lord's supper is merely an ordinance we are commanded to do in remembrance of Christ's death, until He returns.

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