Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It takes an Aussi and a Double Exposure

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

From an Australian:

Frank O’Dea SSS

Eucharist: The Basic Spirituality
with 30 Stories of Personal Witness

Arching over all these mysteries
like a multi-coloured rainbow

is the huge mystery of God’s
love for us.

This is the awesome power of this kind of remembering. This memorial meal is a rainbow with one end in the death and resurrection of Jesus 2000 years ago, arching over the centuries and coming to rest in the present moment. The pot of gold that we find at the end of the rainbow is the forgiving and transforming power of the risen Christ, made available to us through the Eucharist. It can help us overcome our innate selfishness and other failings. The Eucharist helps us to manage our lives.

Not only does the Paschal meal allow the Jews to enter into sacred time and bring a past event into the present, it also incorporates the future because they always look forward to celebrating ‘next year in Jerusalem’. We look forward to celebrating the fullness of this meal in the heavenly banquet. Sacred events collapse past, present and future into one mysterious now. At Mass we need to be sensitive to this experience of timelessness. Past, present and future have merged into one eternal moment.

The spirituality of the Eucharist brings together all the mysteries of the material world and all the mysteries of the world of spirit into one unified mystery. With tongue in cheek, I suggest we dare call the Eucharist the Theory of Everything.

I hope this book has helped you to appreciate the cosmic dimension of the Eucharist. When we take part in the Mass we are participating in an event that sends ripples into the heart of every person in the church, every person in the world and right throughout the universe, just as the microwave background radiation reaches to the furthest galaxies.

DISCLAIMER:  In posting these quotes from various chapters of the Frank O’Dea site, I do disagree with at least one statement that I read (and I haven't read the whole book): "...there is the mystery of the human person and our relationship to our Father/Mother/Creator in the mystery of love."

If he means Mother Mary OK; if he means Mother God, he is not on solid ground.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!
* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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