The eucharist as an expression of “together in Christ”
The Eucharist (Holy Communion) in a physical way expresses what it means to be in Christ. If we understand Christfulness as describing the goal for our spiritual life, it sums up the process of growth for the followers of Jesus, starting as an individual and personal experience, but fulfilled in the fellowship of disciples that is constituted as the Body of Christ, the redeemed human race and in the hope that all creation may be delivered from its bondage in decay to share the liberty of the children of God.
Gathering as members of Christ’s body at Holy Communion our eyes are opened so that we understand that God’s image in us is restored; we once more are called into a priestly ministry on behalf of creation. The Eucharistic prayer gives God thanks for creation and redemption and teaches us to interpret the longing of creation for their Creator, and at the same time it makes us understand that we are called to be the embodiment of this hope of creation’s redemption.
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