A word from Stephen Webb

It is easy to think that the Medieval saints who lived on a diet of the Eucharist alone were fanatics, but they were guilty only of impatience.  They wanted their bodies to become transformed by what they ate, so that their flesh  could experience the glorification made possible by Christ’s resurrection.  They knew that this ritual is more than a symbolic meal or a moment for meditative reflection.  God chose to use the biological metamorphosis of fruit and grain into wine and bread as the occasion to enact Christ’s own transfiguration of matter into spirit.  In this good food we come to know the goodness of all of God’s creation, because the body we are and the body we eat – as well as all bodies, represented by the particles of grain and fruit – are all part of the sacrificed body of Christ. (from Stephen Webb, Good Eating, p. 158)


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