Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Communion for all?



Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our continuing catechesis on the family, today we consider the importance of togetherness.  Sitting at table for the family dinner, sharing our meal and the experiences of our day, is a fundamental image of togetherness and solidarity.  Because Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a meal, there is a close relationship between families and the Mass.  The togetherness we experience in our families is meant, in the family of the Church, to extend to all as a sign of God’s universal love.  In this way the Eucharist becomes a school of inclusion, in which we learn to be attentive to the needs of everyone.  Sadly, the family meal, this great symbol of togetherness, is disappearing in some societies.  Food itself, the very sign of our sharing with other, is wantonly wasted in some places, while our brothers and sisters go hungry in others.  The Eucharist reminds us that our bread is meant to be shared with all.  May our families, and the entire Church, be signs of togetherness and solidarity for the good of the whole human family, especially during the coming Jubilee of Mercy.
source: Vatican Radio, Francis' General Audience Address: Family Togetherness

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  1. And whilst they were eating, he said: Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me. 22And they being very much troubled, began every one to say: Is it I, Lord? 23But he answering, said: He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, he shall betray me. 24The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: it were better for him, if that man had not been born. 25And Judas that betrayed him, answering, said: Is it I, Rabbi? He saith to him: Thou hast said it.

    And when evening was come, he cometh with the twelve. 18And when they were at table and eating, Jesus saith: Amen I say to you, one of you that eateth with me shall betray me. 19But they began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one by one: Is it I? 20Who saith to them: One of the twelve, who dippeth with me his hand in the dish. 21And the Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed. It were better for him, if that man had not been born.

    But yet behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. [22] And the Son of man indeed goeth, according to that which is determined: but yet, woe to that man by whom he shall be betrayed. and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near to Jesus, for to kiss him. [48] And Jesus said to him: Judas, dost thou betray the Son of man with a kiss?

    And when supper was done, (the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him,) ...Jesus saith to him: He that is washed, needeth not but to wash his feet, but is clean wholly. And you are clean, but not all.
    [11] For he knew who he was that would betray him; therefore he said: You are not all clean. Amen, amen I say to you: The servant is not greater than his lord; neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him. [17] If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them. [18] I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen. But that the scripture may be fulfilled: He that eateth bread with me, shall lift up his heel against me. [19] At present I tell you, before it come to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe that I am he. [20] Amen, amen I say to you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.

    [21] When Jesus had said these things, he was troubled in spirit; and he testified, and said: Amen, amen I say to you, one of you shall betray me. [22] The disciples therefore looked one upon another, doubting of whom he spoke. [23] Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. [24] Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, and said to him: Who is it of whom he speaketh? [25] He therefore, leaning on the breast of Jesus, saith to him: Lord, who is it?

    [26] Jesus answered: He it is to whom I shall reach bread dipped. And when he had dipped the bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. [27] And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him: That which thou dost, do quickly. [28] Now no man at the table knew to what purpose he said this unto him. [29] For some thought, because Judas had the purse, that Jesus had said to him: Buy those things which we have need of for the festival day: or that he should give something to the poor. [30] He therefore having received the morsel, went out immediately. And it was night.

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  2. Judas the first sacrilegious communicant .Christ partook of the passover meal before before he instituted the Eucharist Which makes a clear distinction between earthly food and Heavenly nourishment .Lately we have heard the Blessed Sacrament referred to as a "meal " in line with Protestant thinking ,St Paul said "He who takes the Body and Blood of the Lord unworthily brings condemnation on himself .

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  3. Perhaps it is just bread if it comes from the hands of a 'priest' ordained in the new Vat 2 ordination rite.

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