Richard Rohr on the Eucharist

The mystery of Eucharist clarifies and delineates Christianity from the other religions of the world. We have many things in common, but Christianity is the only religion that says that God became a human body; God became flesh, as John’s Gospel puts it (1:14). Our fancy theological word for that is the Incarnation, the enfleshment. It seems that it is much easier for God to convince bread of what it is than for God to convince us. Incarnation is scandalous, shocking—cannibalistic, intimate, sexual! He did not say, “Think about this,” “Fight about this,” “Stare at this;” but He said “Eat this!” A dynamic, interactive event that makes one out of two.

If we did not have the Eucharist, we would have to create it; sometimes it seems that outsiders can appreciate it more than Christians. As Gandhi said, “There are so many hungry people in the world that God could only come into the world in the form of food.” It is marvelous, that God would enter our lives not just in the form of sermons or Bibles, but in food. God comes to feed us more than just teach us. Lovers understand that.

Adapted from Eucharist as Touchstone (CD, MP3)

Prayer: Eucharisteo. I give thanks. 

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

2 thoughts on “Richard Rohr on the Eucharist”

  1. I’m teaching my granddaughter about the Eucharist in preparation for her first Communion. It is difficult for her understand that it is Body and Blood of Jesus. Is it wrong to explain that the Communion ssylmbolizes God in our mind, like when we thank a deceased parent or God for something of which we are grateful, we feel their presence in our emotions?

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    1. Sir, I imagine you are a Catholic.
      Me being an Anglican, I will not presume in giving an answer to your important question.
      Please get advice from a Catholic priest. However, until then, do not worry. Kids have an amazing natural ability to handle metaphor.
      May God bless you and your grand daughter.

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