Expanding My Faith: Weekly Column

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“Fide quaerens Intellectum”

“Always be prepared to make a defense … for the hope that is in you … with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15)

“Q’s from the Pews”

Eucharistic Revival – The Eucharist & a Meal:  Why begin with a meal? We must understand what sacred meals meant in the ancient world to grasp why Jesus chose a sacred meal (Passover) to institute God’s most precious gift of Himself. Meals had two meanings. Of course, they represented the animal need for nourishment. Yet they also represented long hours of work, from the acts of growing and preparing the food to its presentation at the table. Even the act of eating was seen as sacred. No one would just eat with strangers. There was an implicit fellowship that accompanied a meal. When one was invited to eat with someone they became one of their family, not just for the meal, but forever! This table-fellowship was central to treaties and covenants. Kings would seal treaties with a meal. God’s first command to Adam, “go and eat from every tree but that of the tree of knowledge,” is in the form of a covenant. Abram is blessed by Melchizedek with “bread and wine,” uniting people who were feuding into one nation. The Gospel of Luke lists 10 specific instances of this table-fellowship in the life of Jesus. Each recounts a significant revelation of a truth which is done in association with a meal. Given the ancient view of a meal, each of these is a family-building covenant. The Eucharist is a sacred meal at a level beyond that of the ancient world. The ancient host/king would give his finest and most expensive food and drink, blessing his guests with what only his relatives had. In the Eucharistic sacred meal, our host, God, gives us as food His very self. This sacred meal foreshadowed dimly in the Old Testament covenant meals is The Sacred Meal. God makes a covenant with us through Jesus to make us family!

Next week: Eucharistic Revival – The Eucharist as Sacrifice: The New Exodus

“Catholic Challenge for February”
Offer one hour each week to reading the Holy Scriptures. The Gospel of Matthew is a good place to start.

“Inside Catholic Baseball”

The Didache is one of the most ancient catechisms from about 140AD. It taught how very sacred the Eucharistic meal was, declaring: “let no one eat or drink who has not been baptized in the name of the Lord.”

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