Monday, September 21, 2009

Eucharist Consumed and Consumerism

"Moulded by the Eucharist, the parish will become a beneficial ferment amidst the widespread consumerism and individualism of our time, reawakening solidarity and opening, in faith, the eye of the heart to recognise the Father, Who is gratuitous love and Who wishes to share his own joy with His children....The Lord and Creator of all things became a 'grain of wheat' to be sown in our land, in the furrows of our history. He became bread in order to be shared ... He became our food in order to give us life, His own divine life"  Benedict XVI.

This is why Pauline centers, even though they speak the language of retail – look and feel like retail stores – are really places where God’s Word is lived, broken and shared. This is a consumerism that is humanized – we consume the bread of life – Jesus is our consummation – we share the bread of the Word. Christians are called to open up a different kind of economic space – the space marked by the body of Christ. It is an economy of giving. Eucharist does not begin with scarcity but with one who came that we may have life and have it abundantly (Cf William Cavanaugh).

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