Week 3 – Fuellenbach Chapter 2

Fuellenbach’s exegesis and foundation for the church, both catholic and Catholic, is poingaint, bold, and in my opinion, contains humbling truths.  His drawing out of the eucharist and it’s celebration is long overdue in the church.  “When Jesus offers himself in the eucharist as “body given for others,” the church likewise has become body given for others.” (55)  What has become of the eucharist?  Communion is celebrated in a reserved manner in many denominations, often relegated to a one a month activity.  In some contemporary churches, it has it’s own special service away from the large Sunday gathering, or when those who “may take it unfaithfully” or without understanding it’s sacramental meaning won’t be tempted to partake.  (Not that these aren’t factors to be aware of; it’s the manner in which they are addressed at issue.)  We don’t remember the suffering that we are called to, the mission that we are bound to participate in when we remove the eucharist.  It is our experiential reminder of our image bearing to God as his people.  It speaks much of our incarnated worldview when we greatly diminish or remove an activity which makes our following of Jesus uncomfortable or of some sacrafice of ourselves.


~ by Brian Shope on October 12, 2007.

One Response to “Week 3 – Fuellenbach Chapter 2”

  1. Today we celebrated the Lord’s Supper at church. It was muted and meaningless, as usual. The only thing out of the ordinary was the extended diatribe we received concerning the dangers of taking communion without first having been saved and second being reconciled to everyone in the church.

    It made me miss the Anglican church I attended in college in a way that was almost physical. When our small congregation shared the eucharist it was worship and it was a reminder of the cruciform lives we had been called to live. How I long for the days when the bread and the cup were more than a perfunctory, fifteen minute addition to an already bloated service.

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