Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: The Paschal Mystery in People, Word, and Sacrament, by Bruce T. Morrill, SJ

Draws upon the best of recent biblical, historical, and theological sources to explore how Christ is present in the celebration of the Eucharist in the assembly, presiding minister, biblical word, and ritual sacrament … sheds new light on such topics as sacrifice, covenant, divine presence and absence, and the tradition’s relationship with Judaism.

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There are some challenging implications here, not least to the modern tendency to think of liturgy in terms of personal transaction–“what I got out of it”–and to those who hear God’s word only according to their own preconceived ideas: “God’s is not a reign limited to our personal histories, Morrill points out, “but, rather, is one that calls us to hear our story as part of one much larger, at times comforting, at others confronting us.” Morrill eloquently invokes these human modes of Christ’s presence to draw participants into the mystery of the cross and resurrection, into communion with the God whose love for humanity has been revealed unto death, making the Eucharist the source and summit for lives shaped in the pattern of Christ’s justice and mercy for the life of the world.

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