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The Economics of the Eucharist: What the Bible Really Says About Communing Unworthily

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Perhaps no other passage of Scripture has contributed more to pious anxiety than what Paul wrote about the Eucharist in his first letter to the Corinthians, "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment upon himself..." (1 Cor. 11.29).

Why Christians Should Celebrate Passover

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

For Jesus, a dedicated practicing Jew, Passover was a seminal event. Although the Gospels do not give us a fully developed biography of Jesus, they do make it clear that Passover looms large in his life.

Gourmet Activism and Not Living by Bread Alone

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

The first of Jesus's temptations in the wilderness is often seen as Jesus overcoming sins of the flesh. Jesus has mastery over his body, and we should all be strong like that and not give in to our fleshly desires, right?

The Communion Table Is Open

Tom F. Driver | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Tom F. Driver

The rear door of the chapel opened, and in came a man wearing a chef's hat and pushing a food cart loaded with hot dogs and beer. Coming down the center aisle, he called out in a loud voice: "Free food!" To me, that's what Communion is all about.

Died, Passed Away or Passed

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Exactly when did the change in terminology occur, what was the reason for the change, is it helpful for the family of the deceased, and what are the theological implications of using "passed away" or "passed" instead of "died"? I decided to explore the matter.

Are We OK the Way We Are?

John Backman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
John Backman

How do we know what we are vs. what we are becoming, what can change vs. what can't? The words from today's Eucharist do not offer hard and fast answers. They do, however, draw from the treasure trove of Christian tradition to speak to our universal condition:

Walking on Sacred Ground: Why Harvard is Sorely Mistaken to allow a Black Mass on Campus.

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

We, as Americans, rightly hold to our freedom of speech and expression, but civility and goodwill, indeed those things by virtue of which we can cry out "We the People" in establishing those rights, demand more of us.

Christ, Coachella and a Call to Creative Cyphers: A Holy Week Contemplation

Michael W. Waters | Posted 06.15.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Near the commencement of Outkast's hour-and-a-half long performance at Coachella this past weekend, the lauded duo reciprocally encircled the table while simultaneously reciting their seminal lyrics, walking a circular path reminiscent of spiritual pilgrims walking a labyrinth.

Lent: Falling in Love With the Ordinary Is Subversive

Jeremy John | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Jeremy John

Lent is an extraordinary time to establish our joys in the everyday. We give those things up so we can focus on the ordinary and make our lives more consistent with our Gospel call to love ourselves and what we do. Falling in love with the ordinary is subversive.

"Eat My Body, Drink My Blood"-- Did Jesus Really Say That?

James D. Tabor | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

One way of sharpening this is to ask two questions that take us beyond Paul and back to Jesus. Is it historically probable that Jesus held a Last Supper with his disciples on the night before his death?

Online Communion Sparks Questions for Digital Age

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 12.04.2013 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

Is it crazy to discuss conducting this most historic act of faithfulness through a mediated form that is foreign to our historic understanding?

On Bodies, The Eucharist, and Skydiving

Broderick Greer | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Broderick Greer

The next time you receive the Eucharist, try erasing the memory of its flavor from your taste buds. The next time you receive Christ's fragmented body in your hands, try forgetting the sensation of Jesus on your skin.

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Francis Makes Major Change To Mass | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis approved a change in the Catholic Mass to include prayers referencing St. Joseph, the Vatican announced Wednesday. The additions, whic...

LOOK: The Eucharist In Medieval Art

The Morgan Library & Museum | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion

Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art will be on view at New York's The Morgan Library & Museum from May 17 to September 2, 2013....

African libation practices in the Gospel of Mark

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The African practice of libation had a significant impact on setting forth our understanding of hospitality, tokens of fellowship and respect, for family living and dead, continuity and contact.

Questions For The Next Pope: Is Garry Wills A Catholic? Am I?

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Robert E. Murphy

These questions come to me as, almost simultaneously, the pope resigns, America's leading newspaper reports day after day about continuing sexual abuse, homosexual culture and political intrigue in the Church, and Professor Wills, this country's most longstanding and prolific Catholic gadfly, publishes perhaps his most iconoclastic book yet about Christian faith.

The Art of Angels

Robert Maynord | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Robert Maynord

The Offering of Angels is now touring four museums in the United States. Currently the exhibit is at the Chazen Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, and next it will travel to the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia.

The Artisan Bread Church: John 6:56-69

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

What is the church but a bakery outlet, offering the real Bread of Life? A hungry world is lining up and looking for something to fill the gnawing emptiness in the pit of its collective heart.

The Table Is A Microcosm Of Practical Faith

Jeremy John | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

A sacred relationship is one formed in love and rooted in mutual respect. God is calling all things into sustainability and right relation. Can you hear it?

Father 'No Communion For You!' Not The Whole Story

John Shore | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
John Shore

You've likely heard the story of Barbara Johnson, who was denied holy communion by the priest officiating at the funeral of her beloved mother. But that priest is the sole villainous Catholic in a story starring a great many heroes.

Maryland Priest Denies Communion To Lesbian Parishioner At Her Mother's Funeral

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A Maryland-based priest is garnering heat in the blogosphere today after allegedly denying communion to a lesbian parishioner attending her mother's f...

Eucharistic Adoration: A Radical Devotion

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.04.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Kneeling before the Eucharist we prayed in silence, chanted O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo, but more importantly we became aware of the world around us. In this way, we united ourselves not only with Christ, but also with all humanity.

Speaking Of The Sepulcher

Scott Cairns | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

The point is this: the iconostasis represents the tomb itself, the sepulcher in which Christ was buried. The "Great Entrance" is itself a remembrance of Christ's funeral procession.

The Biblical Roots Of Christian Song

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

Amid the great tensions, contradictions and reversals in their flight to the Promised Land, the Israelites glorified God. Liturgical singing in churches today glorifies Our Lord in the same way.