From Norman Wirzba’s Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating (speaking here of the partaking of Communion or Eucharistic eating): “The one who eats Jesus maintains a personal identity as a member of his body the church, living by the Holy Spirit, and contributing and witnessing to God’s empowering presence on earth. Similarly, Jesus abiding in us does not mean that he ceases to be. Instead, he becomes the destabilizing presence within who can put personal desire and agency on a new path. Eating Jesus results in the mutual in-dwelling described by Paul: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). Persons who feed on Jesus are challenged to relate to others in a new way. Rather than engaging them primarily in utilitarian terms, absorbing them to suit personal need and satisfaction, eaters of Jesus are invited to extend his ministries of attention and welcome, feeding and forgiving, and healing and reconciliation. These are ministries that require us to remember others and keep them in our hearts and minds. Remembering Jesus, in other words, inspires us to remember others. Eaters of Jesus thus become hosts to the world who consider, respect, and serve the integrity of those who co-abide with them. In this co-abiding we honor the grace of life and witness to the power of love as the desire for another to freely be and develop.”


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