FAST FOOD: Twenty-Eighth Helping
The earliest account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper is by St. Paul. It reads as follows:
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me.
In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me.
For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
(1 Cor 11: 23-29)
“The meaning of the formula, “Do this in remembrance of me,” in this context is determined by verse 26 “you proclaim the Lord’s death.” The death of Jesus, which is an act of love, is proclaimed existentially in and through the eating and drinking. Authentic remembering is imitation of Christ, whereby God’s saving love is made present effectively in the world. From this perspective it is clear why the comportment of the Corinthians [refusing to share their bread with other Christians who did not have enough to eat] made an authentic Eucharist impossible. If participants in the Eucharistic meal are not united in love, they class themselves among those who murdered Jesus”
The New Jerome Biblical Commentary on 1 Corinthian 11:23-29
Catholic Commentary on the Bible (Imprimatur 1988)
“Jesus taught that violence belongs to the Reign of Satan, and that men must expel violence if they wish to liberate themselves from the Reign of Satan. If Jesus did not reject any type of violence for any purpose, then we know nothing of him.”
Rev. John L. McKenzie, Catholic Biblical Scholar
“Become what you receive, receive what you are.”
St.Augustine on the proper disposition for the reception of Holy Communion
What is the correct name to be placed on this normal, commonly occurring, traditional Christian activity: a group of Christians with their Christian military chaplain celebrating the Eucharist at 9.00am on the east side of a battle line, while another group of Christians with their military chaplain is celebrating the Eucharist at 9.00am on the west side of a battle line, with both groups intending to go forth and slaughter each other at 11.00am?
Would it make any spiritual difference, or difference to Jesus, if the group on the east side was not Christians and was therefore not celebrating the Eucharist at 9.00am?