SATURDAY READING: Eucharist As An Alternative Space To The Globalization Of Media by Joshva Raja

December 5, 2015

From The Edge of God A Story of a Eucharist Manjolai is a small tea estate, owned by a group of shareholders under the name of Bombay Burma Trading Corporation.  It has seven estates with more than 2,000 full-time workers.  The majority of the laborers are from Dalit communities.  I worked in this place as a priest in 1994 and 1995.  During my ministry there I experimented in a project for the Church of South India (CSI) synod named a “Laborer’s awareness project.”  Interestingly, the church became the center of the community and the priest was seen as a labor union representative.  As I ran this project, I could mediate between the company managers and laborers.  Very often during and after the Holy Communion [...]

HOLY COMMUNION: The Eucharistic Miracle, by Garry Wills

February 25, 2014

From Why Priests? The priest is made powerful because of the Eucharist.  That explains him.  It is what he does, what makes him what he is.  No one else can do this – consecrate the Eucharist.  But what exactly is the Eucharist?  The miracle of changing bread to Jesus is so staggering that many people through the ages have felt they had to explain it, or show its importance, with secondary miracles – like seeing the Host bleed, or an image of Jesus on or above the Host or in the chalice.  In legend after legend, people gave the Host visible powers (like levitation).  The validity of such Eucharistic miracles was endorsed by theologians during the eleventh-century controversy over the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. [...]

SCRIPTURE: Transubstantiation And Reality

July 23, 2013

I was listening to a very learned man speak on how to read the Bible.  He wants readers of the Bible to focus on the language of the Bible first.  Identify themes, parse sentences, uncover how the writers played with their words. A perfect approach to Bible study for an English major like me. But he wasn’t lecturing to English majors.  Instead, he was giving the class to seminary students.  Students who may have majored in engineering in college, or political science, or women’s studies. So he had to get more detailed in showing his students how language works in certain ways.  And he took quite some time on the phenomenon of comparison.  A system that sometimes uses the words “like” or “as” [...]

SERMON: To The Newly Baptized — On The Eucharist, by Augustine of Hippo

July 23, 2013

What you see here on the Lord’s table, my dear brethren, is bread and wine.  But once the word is pronounced over them, this bread and this wine become the body and the blood of the divine Word.  He is the very Lord who “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)  Owing to his mercy, the Lord did not disdain the nature created by him in his own image, but, as you know, “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14)  The same Word assumed human nature; in other words, he took a human soul and body, became man, yet ever remained God.  And since the Word suffered on our behalf, he left us his body and blood in this sacrament, in which he also included us.  For we, [...]

PRAYER: An Early Eucharistic Canon (c. 225)

July 22, 2013

From The Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus (Probably part compilation, part composition; the source of the Church Orders of the East, the Didascalia, Apostolic Constitutions, etc.) The Bishop:The Lord be with you. People:And with they spirit. B.:Lift up your hearts. P.:We lift them up unto the Lord. B.:Let us give thanks unto the Lord. P.:It is meet and right. B:We give thanks, O God, through thy beloved son [?servant] Jesus Christ, whom thou didst send to us in the last times to be a savior and redeemer and the messenger of thy will; who is thy inseparable Word, through whom thou madest all things, and in whom thou wast well pleased. Thou didst send him from Heaven into the Virgin’s womb; he was conceived and was incarnate, and [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fifteenth Station — Jesus Is Raised From The Dead, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

March 23, 2013

From The Journey to Peace Brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and in which you stand firm. You are being saved by it at this very moment if you hold fast to it as I preached it to you.  Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  I handed on to you first of all what I myself received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried and, in accordance with the Scriptures, rose on the third day; that he was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve.  After that he was seen by five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still alive, although some have fallen asleep.  Next he was seen by James; then by all the apostles.  Last of all he was seen by me, as one born [...]

SERMON: Christian Cricket by Martin Thornton

March 14, 2013

From A Joyful Heart: Meditations for Lent Apology is necessary to those who do not understand cricket, more especially perhaps to possible readers from across the Atlantic Ocean.  I much enjoy the great American ballgames, their particular brands of football, ice hockey, and basketball.  Golf, tennis, swimming, and athletics are thoroughly international, while Saint Paul’s askesis analogies are confined to running and boxing.  Why not use one or other of these less esoteric games as analogy for the organization, function, individual-corporate interplay, and liturgical devotion of the Christian church?  The answer is because, as illumination and insight into all this complicated theology, the cricket analogy is unique and [...]

SERMON: The Thomist Football League by Martin Thornton

February 28, 2013

From A Joyful Heart: Meditations for Lent For the sake of the uninitiated let me explain the ramifications of the English football league.  For any possible transatlantic reader it should not be too difficult to translate the analogy into the American game (this might be more difficult when we get on to cricket). The league comprises ninety-two clubs divided into four divisions.  The first division consists of the best, the top grade, and the most wealthy, with magnificent grounds and stadia.  The second division is roughly the same but not quite, and we shall see the significance of this later.  It is also important to see that there are subtle variations within these two divisions themselves, as well as something of an overlap. [...]