A Eucharist Journey: Day 1 of 8

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Introduction

-Joshua M. Casey

For the next seven days, we will contemplate that centerpiece of Christian communal life: the Eucharist. Also known as Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper, this act has for too long been relegated to simply one moment among many in our worship–or else in an effort to make it “more special” has been so far removed from the physical life of faith that it has become purely symbolic. Yet properly approached, it can become the bread of heaven, providing strength for our journey, and can provide new insight into why Christ would call those who hunger blessed.

So, whether you are reading these to prepare for celebration at the Table, or simply as a way to re-orient your mind toward seeing The Christ in all things, we invite you:

The table of bread and wine is now made ready.
It is the table of company with Jesus,
And all who love him.
It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world,
With whom Jesus identified himself.
It is the table of communion with the earth,
In which Christ became incarnate. 

So come to this table,
You who have much faith
And you who would like to have more;
You who have been here often,
And you who have not been for a long time;
You who have tried to follow Jesus,
And you who have failed;
Come.
It is Christ who invites us to meet him here.[1]

[1] Iona Abbey Worship Book. Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications, 2015.


About The Author

Joshua M. Casey worked as a campus pastor for eight years and is passionate about connecting the church of today to the practices of our past. He lives in Bloomington, IN with his family and writes regularly at joshuamcasey.wordpress.com and can be found on Twitter @thejmcasey and Facebook.com/jmcasey7.