Richard Rohr – The Eucharist: Mater and Spirit Together

The hiding place of God, the revelation place of God, is the material world.

You don’t have to put spirit and matter together; they have been together ever since the Big Bang, 14.6 billion years ago (see Genesis 1:1-2 and John 1:1-5). You have to get on your knees and recognize this momentous truth as already and always so.

The Eucharist offers microcosmic moments of belief, and love of what is cosmically true. It will surely take a lifetime of kneeling and surrendering, trusting and letting go, believing and saying, “How could this be true?” Gandhi also said, “If I really believed what you believe, I wouldn’t get up from my knees.” The only trouble is that many fervent Christians kneel before the Eucharistic Body of Christ but not the Human Body of Christ that Paul brilliantly describes (1 Corinthians 12:12-26). Remember, it is much easier for God to transform bread than to transform people, and the bread is for the sake of the people.

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

3 thoughts on “Richard Rohr – The Eucharist: Mater and Spirit Together”

  1. Intelegerea acestui lucru, intre altele, m-a condus spre anglicanism. Nu putea ramine cu constiinta libera intr-o traditie eclesiala care nega prezenta reala a lui Cristos in elementele euharistice.


  2. Ma tem ca atitudinea zwingliana fata de elementele Cinei Domnului este foarte seculara. Suntem atei in ce priveste acest aspect: credem doar in materie, negam prezenta spiritului (a intrepatrunderii spiritului cu materia – exact ce zic ateii – the cosmos/matter is all there is). Dar asa ceva este de neimaginat, daca Cristos este prezent in adunarea celor credinciosi, si daca este prezent in tot universul prin sustinerea moment-cu-moment a creatiei, mi se pare foarte ciudat sa spunem ca El nu este prezent tocmai in elementele cinei. Chestia asta mi se pare secularism teologic. Motiv pentru ne ferim de 1 Cor 10:16 la Cina de zici ca nu-i in Biblie.


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