Making the Life visible…

In 1 John 1:2, we read, “…for the Life was made manifest and we have seen it.”   In Jesus, the Life of God was made visible.  As we participate in the body of Christ, we too are called to make this Life visible.   In ancient mystery religions, dramas of death and resurrection were enacted by initiates deep within temples.   In Jesus, symbol becomes flesh and blood, and ritual becomes life.  What was hidden away behind sanctuary gates is now displayed openly upon the hill of Golgotha.  Of course, we have spent the last 2000 years doing our darnedest to shove Life back into a temple where think we can control it.

In the quote I posted yesterday, Anthony Duncan refers to the shape of Christian prayer as the “eucharist in little.”  Perhaps we could also call the liturgical celebration of the sacrament “the eucharist in little,” with the “greater eucharist” being the enactment of Christ’s love, sacrifice, and resurrection grace in our lives in the world.  In the mass, we practice a dynamic which we are then called to live.   We consecrate and offer the bread and wine, that we may be consecrated and offered.  Pointing to this reality, Rudolf Steiner called his eucharistic liturgy “the Act of Consecration of Man.” Our striving to embody the pattern of Christ’s life, however faltering, is a prayer for the transformation of the world.  In the Book of Activity, Father Paul Blighton says that as we live, so we pray.  If the shape of my life is a prayer, what am I invoking?

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2 Responses to “Making the Life visible…”

  1. Alexis Says:

    Very cool post, John! Thanks for that – it’s interesting that many of the posts I’ve been reading lately are interlinked somehow and making me reflect on the “acclamation” (I guess that’s the best English word) in the liturgy “We offer you your own from what is your own, in all for the sake of all”. Thanks for adding to my ongoing mulling.

  2. Gordon Says:

    Thanks for this wonderful bit. In Mennonite and Anabaptist groups, there’s something similar called “Bearing Witness”. Mennonites are supposed to be humble–my Grandfather drove a new car through brambles and covered it with dust lest anyone think it was a new car. (Great sentiment, poor execution, IMHO)

    I think that there’s a lot to be said for these practices as spiritual disciplines.

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