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The Eucharistic Heart (Part Two)

March 22, 2013

The other morning I was listening to a jazz station discuss an incident that happened in our area. A girl was shot in the leg while waiting in line for a sneaker store to open. Judging from the discussion, there was a famous sport’s figure sneaker new to the market, and the line had formed the day before. While in line, a group of guys got into a fight; someone had a gun, and the girl was the one who got hit. The topic centered on how the youth are spending their money, or their parent’s money, and how the purchase of a three-hundred dollar pair of sneakers serves one for the future.

If I wanted to be really sporty here, I would suggest buying the pair, wearing it to the prom in place of spending three hundred on a dress, and then selling them for a bit less. This way you look “hot,” and still get most of your money back. There is only one problem in this plan: what to do about your conscience? Are you willing to justify fueling this marketing racket? Is this how we should demonstrate what’s important in life?

On this same radio station a jazz musician shared the importance of supporting the music scene, and he said: Just because there is activity, does not mean there is growth. In truth, jazz is something you need to experience live. Experiencing God live is IMPERATIVE. God is a living God. The Word is a living Word. The story of standing in line to buy an expensive pair of sneakers led me to think of those standing in line in the parishes.

Okay, let’s just say that you do receive the body and blood of Christ when you go up for Communion. Now what? What happens next? I have often joked that they must be near angels by now. Why hasn’t the world changed then? Why are these institutions failing? Could it be because they go back and sit down in the pews? Or is it that the priests do not have what it takes to generate growth of the Eucharist, that celebrant heart?

APOSTLE:  Greek apóstolos  literally, one who is sent out; akin to apostéllein to send off…

(Aside …I wonder if this is where the title Postal Worker comes from?)

My next question would be: What happened to all of our priests?

But if you will indeed obey My voice and do all I command you and keep My covenant, you shall be My special people above all nations, for the whole earth is Mine; and you shall be a royal priesthood and a holy nation … Exodus 23.22

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:  1 Peter 2.9

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Now you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen, with blue, purple, and scarlet fabric, and you shall weave them with artistic designs of cherubim. The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits and the width of each curtain four cubits. Each curtain shall have the same measurements. Five curtains shall be coupled to one another, and the other five curtains shall be coupled to one another. Exodus 26. 1-3.

Without getting into all of the spiritual understanding in the Exodus passage, it is clear to me that the three colors represent the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). The five curtains represent the five stones David used to down Goliath. It is also the Five spoken of in John’s Samaritan Woman at the Well. And it is the Five “senses” understood in the passage from the Gospel of Thomas (see essays on Thomas):

(3) “For there are five trees in paradise for you; they do not change, summer or winter, and their leaves do not fall. (4) Whoever knows them will not taste death.”

Five curtains shall be coupled to one another, and the other five shall be coupled to one another.

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; Mark 6.7
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Luke 10.1

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The passages posted above are a mouthful. This is a lot to take in. Normally I try to give just a spoonful at a time, but time is of the essence, and the current understanding on matters concerning a Eucharistic Heart are, shall we say, independent of a Christened Mind. The absolute truth on much of the vocation of the priesthood is one of waiting in line for that mass marketed name brand footwear, and less about actual performance. Just because there is activity, does not mean there is growth.

As far as the priesthood being of a solely masculine gender – hogwash. If you understand Sophia, and how this is used, you understand the priestly service. As a woman involved, I can no more put on a man’s garb than he can put on mine! The colors are not the issue; the style is not the issue (robes will be dresses as dresses will be robes); the size is the issue. This does not mean that I am less spiritually capable of a Eucharistic Heart, rendered to serve in union as servant to the Master. And this does not mean I cannot be of Christ. And this does not mean I must be unmarried and without having given birth to a child to be Virgin. Wake up, people! Do you think God is so shallow that the pearl is stuck in the mud at the shoe-line? The rod and staff shall comfort you, brothers and sisters, and the rod shall render you in size. We must each ask ourselves: How tall am I spiritually?

“And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” Revelation 21.21

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76 (1) Jesus said, “The Father’s kingdom is like a merchant who had a supply of merchandise and then found a pearl. (2) That merchant was prudent; he sold the merchandise and bought the single pearl for himself. (3) So also with you, seek his treasure that is unfailing, that is enduring, where no moth comes to devour and no worm destroys.”

Gospel of Thomas

 

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