Friday, October 03, 2014

Quote of the Day

If the Eucharist is essentially an encounter with the real presence, rather than essentially an institutional-cum-cultic event, then surely [Jesus’] social interactions make it abundantly clear: hunger, not worthiness underpins Table Fellowship. To allow the law, cultic statutes, and theology to take precedence over mercy and love and encounter, is tantamount to perpetuating the hard line rigour of those Pharisees who complained bitterly and moralised pompously about so many things.

Their approach fostered a cold, superficial temple-based religion. But Jesus invited his followers to a change of heart, a heart oriented to the one called, Abba – Father: a relational, God-based faith.

– Peter Day
Excerpted from "An Open Letter to Cardinal Pell"
Pearls and Irritations
September 23, 2014

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
The Challenge of Eucharist
"Receive What You Are, the Body of Christ"
Celebrating and Embodying Divine Hospitality
“Take, All of You, and Eat”: Communion and the Rainbow Sash
My Rainbow Sash Experience
Responding to Cardinal Pell
Chris McGillion Responds to the “Exacerbating” Actions of Cardinal Pell
Trusting God's Generous Invitation
Compassion, Christian Community, and Homosexuality
Reflections on the Primacy of Conscience
The Two-Sided Catholic Crisis
Nicole Sotelo: "Jesus Was Not Focused on Priesthood"

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