Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yet another reason Catholics use bread and wine for Communion...

...is they’re an analogy for what happens when we receive Communion.

Both bread and wine take many individual things—kernels of wheat and grapes—and combine them in such a way that the individual become truly “one”. In a similar way when we receive the Eucharist we become one with Christ and with each other (1 Cor 10:16). As the wheat and grapes are melded into one “body” so we’re melded into one body with Christ as the head. When we say we’re in “communion” with each other it goes far beyond the traditional clique, club, or team, we become spiritually altered and meshed together.

This is why we must love our neighbor; they either belong to our body or we desire them to if they don’t. This is why there’s no such thing as a sin that “only hurts me”; anything that hurts me hurts the rest of the body (1 Cor 12:26). If one kernel /grape were poisoned the entire loaf/bottle would be compromised and so it is with us.

This is yet another reason Catholics use bread and wine for Communion.

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