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3rd June 2018 - Corpus Christi

posted 1 Jun 2018, 08:59 by Veronica Yarwood


(after Richard Rohr "Radical Grace" (Page 211)
H.B. & Hw.

 

It is the Mass that matters. The Eucharist is,

after all, the centre of our Catholic

Christianity. The central symbolism, the

essential expression of our Catholicism is the

Eucharist. We keep on keeping on giving the

bread of Jesus. We keep on keeping on saying

"The Body of Christ". This is who we are.

We become what we eat. We become and are

becoming Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ.

As Jesus says of the bread, "This is me", so we

say of the bread, "This is us".

 

We are more one, the one body of Christ than

we are many. Our oneness prevails over our

'many-ness'. We are one but we are broken.

This is the mystery we Catholics celebrate

constantly and ceaselessly and try to

understand.

 

So despite all the things we have shared over

the past few months we do not become

Catholics to become mystics, seeking unity

with the deity through contemplation. We do

not become Catholics to get metaphysical,

dealing with the nature of existence, truth and

knowledge. We do not become Catholics to

become transcendent, excelling and surpassing

human experience. We do not become

Catholics to enter some kind of nirvana like

the Buddhists or the Hindus in their pursuit of

holiness. This is not our Catholic way.

 

Our understanding of our Christianity does not

emphasise how to get us in the skies. Our

understanding of our Christianity emphasises

how to get our feet on the ground. Our

understanding of our Christianity emphasises

how to get in touch with the real, with reality.

Our Catholic Christianity tells us how to get

into society, into history, tied to the common

good. Orthopraxis precedes orthodoxy every

time.

 

Our Catholic Christianity tells us how to be

part of the muddiness and fleshiness of it all.

We eat the Body of Christ. We drink his

Blood. We do not just reflect on his ideas.

 

This is fundamental energy. This is original

energy. This energy has the power to

transform us and we are certainly into

transformation. Hence St. John's acclamation,

"Anyone who eats this bread will live (and

will live) forever." And we Catholic

Christians eat this bread and we will live fully

and forever. We are Corpus Christi and Body

of Christ. It is the Mass that matters.

 

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