The Bible tells us that our troubles began with a bad meal. In the beginning, God created a world for us that we were invited to receive as the gift that it was. Instead, we seized and grasped and took hold of the forbidden fruit in an act of self-assertion. This taking for ourselves rather than being open to receive is the source of the alienation and enmity that so mark our world. At the Last Supper, Jesus sets out to undo the bad meal of Eden. He wants to reestablish that gracious meal during which the Son of God shares his life with his disciples. For his part, this will require a supreme act of love, since in a world gone wrong, there is no communion without sacrifice. In the Eucharist, we receive God’s very life as the gift that it is and are sent forth to share it with others. God forbid that I ever take this gift for granted.
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