Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The medicine of immortality

“[The Bread of Communion] is the medicine of immortality and the antidote to prevent us from dying but which causes that we should live forever in Jesus Christ.”
– Ignatius of Antioch (35-108), 'Letter to the Ephesians 20'

Not a placebo. More like penicillin to treat the selfishness and unlove that infects our sin-sick souls unto death. Or, given the radical and malignant nature of our spiritual condition, maybe it is sometimes like chemo-therapy. Not to be taken lightly, but in hope of remission and new life and new love. In any event, united to Jesus Christ through faith and the Sacraments, there is hope of a cure for what ails us.

It also important to note that the Eucharist is an entry into Mystery and thus greater than any single metaphor. It is also the tangible 'kiss' of God that awakens us to new life, new love, and new hope. It is the potion that transforms us from beings warped by sin to beings of spiritual grace and beauty. It is the needle and thread that sews us back together despite the sin that rips and tears us apart. And much, much more.

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