Corpus Christi

Blessed and praise be Jesus Christ

Blessed and praise be Jesus Christ

 

We said that breaking the bread is an act of communion, an act of uniting through sharing. Thus, in the act itself, the intimate nature  of the Eucharist is already indicated: it is agape, it is love made corporeal. In the word “agape” the meanings of the Eucharist and love intertwine. In Jesus’ act of breaking the bread, the love that is shared has reached its most radical form: Jesus allows himself to be broken as living bread. In the bread that is distributed we recognise the mystery of the grain of wheat that dies, and so bears fruit. We recognise the new multiplication of the loaves, which derives from the dying of the grain of wheat and will continue until the end of the world. At the same time we see that the Eucharist can never be just a liturgical action. It is complete only if the liturgical agape then becomes love in daily life. In Christian worship, the two things become one – experiencing the Lord’s love in the act of worship and fostering love for one’s neighbour. At this hour we ask the Lord for the grace to learn to live the mystery of the Eucharist ever more deeply, in such a way that the transformation of the world can begin to take place.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI –  Maundy Thursday 2009

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About Scott Anderson

Formerly an Anglican priest (ordained 1975) received into the Catholic Church in February 2012, and ordained to the Diaconate on 27th July 2013. I took early retirement, and divide my time between London and northern France. I am deeply committed to the Ordinariate as a gift of the Holy Spirit in the search for unity. Like many Ordinariate members I feel a personal gratitude to Pope Emeritus Benedict, together with loyalty to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. My blog tries to make a small contribution to the growth of the Ordinariate by asking questions (and proposing some answers) about the 'Anglican Patrimony'. I have always been fascinated by the whole issue of growth and decline, and therefore concerned for appropriate means of evangelisation in western Europe. I believe that the Holy Spirit is constantly renewing the People of God and that we must be open to him. My love of music and motorcycles will occasionally surface in my posts. On Saturday 19th October 2013, I was ordained to the Priesthood at Most Precious Blood, Borough, by the Most Revd Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, for the service of the Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham. I continued to serve the Ordinariate group and Parish at Most Precious Blood until the end of 2014. Subsequently, I helped in the care of the Ordinariate Groups at Hemel Hempstead and Croydon, and in the Archdiocese of Southwark, until the beginning of September 2015. With the agreement of my Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, the Bishop of Amiens appointed me Administrator of the Parish of Notre Dame des Etangs (Pont Remy) in Picardie, France. This appointment is to last for a year, to give the Bishop the opportunity to assess the future of the parish.
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One Response to Corpus Christi

  1. Antonia says:

    Thank you for the reminder of Pope Benedict’s prayerful wisdom. It is good to find such Eucharistic agape in his generous invitation to the Ordinariate – all blessings to you and fellow pilgrims!

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