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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 6/10/2012 -- EUCHARIST AS TOUCHSTONE  (Read 8666 times)
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« on: June 10, 2012, 04:24:45 PM »

June 10, 2012

Richard's Daily Meditations

EUCHARIST AS TOUCHSTONE

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Feast of Corpus Christi

   
I believe that the primary healing of human loneliness and
meaninglessness is full contact with full reality itself, especially in
its concrete forms (instead of just ideas and concepts). But, as T. S.
Elliot said in the Four Quartets, “[Human]kind cannot bear very much
reality.” What human existence often prefers is highly contrived ways
of avoiding the real, the concrete, the physical. We fabricate
artificial realities instead, one of which, I'm sad to say, is religion
itself. So Jesus brought all of our fancy thinking down to earth, to one
concrete place of incarnation—this bread and this cup of wine! “Eat
it here, and then see it everywhere,” He seems to be saying.

If it's too idealized and pretty, if it's somewhere floating around up
in the air, it's probably not the Gospel. We come back, again and again,
to this marvelous touchstone of orthodoxy, the Eucharist. Eucharist, in
the first physical incarnation in the body of Jesus, is now continued in
space and time in ordinary food. Note how John (6:53-66 [1]) almost
embarrassingly keeps insisting on the fleshly physicality of it all! And
“many left Him and stopped going with Him” (John 6:66 [2]). It is still
an embarrassment of sorts, so we high churches surround the scandal with
all kinds of pretty gold and lace and candles.

[1]: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+6:53-66&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV
[2]: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+6:66&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Prayer:
Eucharisteo. I give thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2012, 05:50:02 AM »

June 11, 2012



Richard's Daily Meditations

EUCHARIST AS TOUCHSTONE


The mystery of Eucharist clarifies and delineates Christianity from the
other religions of the world. We have many things in common, but
Christianity is the only religion that says that God became a human
body; God became flesh, as John's Gospel puts it (1:14 [1]). Our fancy
theological word for that is the Incarnation, the enfleshment. It seems
that it is much easier for God to convince bread of what it is than for
God to convince us. Incarnation is scandalous, shocking—cannibalistic,
intimate, sexual! He did not say, “Think about this,” “Fight about
this,” “Stare at this;” but He said “Eat this!” A dynamic,
interactive event that makes one out of two.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1:14&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

If we did not have the Eucharist, we would have to create it; sometimes
it seems that outsiders can appreciate it more than Christians. As
Gandhi said, “There are so many hungry people in the world that God
could only come into the world in the form of food.” It is marvelous,
that God would enter our lives not just in the form of sermons or
Bibles, but in food. God comes to feed us more than just teach us.
Lovers understand that.

Prayer:
Eucharisteo. I give thanks.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2012, 05:50:17 AM »

June 12, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

EUCHARIST AS TOUCHSTONE


The hiding place of God, the revelation place of God, is the material
world.

You don’t have to put spirit and matter together; they have been
together ever since the Big Bang, 14.6 billion years ago (see Genesis
1:1-2 [1] and John 1:1-5 [2]). You have to get on your knees and
recognize this momentous truth as already and always so. The Eucharist
offers microcosmic moments of belief, and love of what is cosmically
true. It will surely take a lifetime of kneeling and surrendering,
trusting and letting go, believing and saying, “How could this be
true?” Gandhi also said, "If I really believed what you believe, I
wouldn't get up from my knees." The only trouble is that many fervent
Christians kneel before the Eucharistic Body of Christ but not the Human
Body of Christ that Paul brilliantly describes (1 Corinthians 12:12-26
[3]). Remember, it is much easier for God to transform bread than to
transform people, and the bread is for the sake of the people.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1:1-2&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV
[2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1:1-5&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV
[3]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+12:12-26&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

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Eucharisteo. I give thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2012, 05:10:18 AM »

June 13, 2012



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When we start making the Eucharistic meal something to define membership
instead of to proclaim grace and gift, we always get in trouble;
that’s been the temptation of every denomination that has the
Eucharist. Too often we use Eucharist to separate who’s in from
who’s out, who’s worthy from who’s unworthy, instead of to declare
that all of us are radically unworthy, and that worthiness is not even
the issue. If worthiness is the issue, who can stand before God? Are
those who receive actually saying they are “worthy”? I hope not. It
is an ego statement to begin with.

The issue is not worthiness; the issue is trust and surrender or, as
Thérèse of Lisieux said, “It all comes down to confidence and
gratitude.” I think that explains the joyous character with which we
so often celebrate the Eucharist. We are pulled into immense gratitude
and joy for such constant and unearned grace. It doesn’t get any
better than this! All we can do at Eucharist is kneel in gratitude and
then stand in confidence. (Actually, St. Augustine said that the proper
Christian posture for prayer was standing, because we no longer had to
grovel before such a God or fear any God that is like Jesus.)

Prayer:
Eucharisteo. I give thanks.
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June 14, 2012

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EUCHARIST AS TOUCHSTONE


    Christ is the bread, awaiting hunger.
        ~ St. Augustine

Eucharist is presence encountering presence—mutuality, vulnerability.
There is nothing to prove, to protect, or to sell. It feels so empty,
naked, and harmless, that all you can do is be present.

The Eucharist is telling us that God is the food and all we have to do
is provide the hunger. Somehow we have to make sure that each day we are
hungry, that there’s room inside of us for another presence. If you
are filled with your own opinions, ideas, righteousness, superiority, or
sufficiency, you are a world unto yourself and there is no room for
“another.” Despite all our attempts to define who is worthy and who
is not worthy to receive communion, our only ticket or prerequisite for
coming to Eucharist is hunger. And most often sinners are much more
hungry than the “saints.”

Prayer:
Eucharisteo. I give thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2012, 05:00:08 AM »

June 15, 2012



Richard's Daily Meditations

EUCHARIST AS TOUCHSTONE


Jesus says, “If you eat this bread you will live forever” (John 6:51
[1]). You're indestructible, as it were. You see, if I live by the
momentary identity that others give me, that’s what dies when I die,
and I’m left with nothing. Your relative identity is what passes away.
When Jesus says He's giving Himself to you as the “bread of life”
and “If you eat this bread you will live forever,” he's saying,
“Find yourself in Me, and this will not pass or change or die. Eat
this food as your primary nutrition, and you are indestructible.”

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+6:51&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

You learn to live in what Thomas Merton would call the True Self—who
you are, and always have been, in God. Who you are in God is who you
forever are. In fact, that's all you are, and it is more than enough.
Everything else is passing away. Reputations, titles, and roles do not
determine our identity. As Paul puts it, “I live no longer; not I, but
God lives in me” (Galatians 2:20 [2]). When I hand out the bread I
love to say to the assembly, “You become what you eat. Come and eat
who you are!”

[2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+2:20&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Prayer:
Eucharisteo. I give thanks.
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2012, 05:38:44 AM »

June 16, 2012



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This absolute touchstone, this body and blood of Christ, is a place we
must come to again and again to find our face, to find our name and our
absolute identity in God. It takes years to sink in. It is too big a
truth for any one moment, too grand and wonderful for our small hearts
and minds.

And so we keep eating this mystery that is simultaneously the joy of God
and the suffering of God packed into one. (Some see the body-bread as
the joy and the blood-wine as the suffering). All we can do is be
present, because we cannot ever rationally understand this. When the two
presences meet, then we have what Catholics brilliantly call “the Real
Presence.”

Prayer:
Eucharisteo. I give thanks.
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