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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Sacraments

Happy "Eastern" Easter!

May the Lord bless our "Eastern" brothers on this day of their celebration of our Lord's resurrection. May they embrace the fast that our Lord declared through His prophet Isaiah.

"Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?" Isaiah 58:6-7

I do not reference this Scripture to undermine the concept of fasting by denying our flesh, but only remind us all, myself included, that such self denial fasting is needed to bring our own flesh into submission, but in order to please our Lord, His fast is clearly declared through Isaiah.

Concerning the Sacrament of Communion/Eucharist, it seems that if you try to pin down what each branch of Christianity actually believes you get a confusion of responses. I know that the Orthodox and the Catholic have official statements, but when it comes to application even within their own communions, it is a confusion of understanding (at least from my perception). So, let me ask a couple of basic questions of BGM and Lex Rex (Simon_Templar feel free to add your esteemed comments).

First, to the Orthodox, why does the real presence of our Lord in the Communion necessarily deny its "remembrance nature" as its prime purpose"? On the other hand protestants, why does our Lord's instruction to continue the Communion in our remembrance of Him require it to be mere symbolic gesture?

It is also interesting to me that in 1 Corinthians 11, when Paul is giving further meaning to the Communion of the Bread and Cup, that he links their unworthy manner to the fact that they are partaking of the Supper in a divided manner, not discerning the Lord's body. Specifically, that they were adhereing to their schisms. They were instructed to, instead, take it together. At a minimum it seems to suggest a strong fellowship element in the Communion, does it not? And perhaps says something about the schisms and factionalism within Christianity. (Anyway, just a thought for future discussion.)

Godspeed!

Zain