I finally finished reading Being as Communion by John Zizioulas yesterday. It has taken me forever because I’ve been attempting a close reading & I kept getting distracted. It’s a pretty amazing book; one which is often referred to as one of the most important Christian theology books of the last half century.
I read something in Zizioulas yesterday which blew me away. He describes what he calls the “double movement” of the church.
The baptismal movement:
“which renders the church a community existentially ‘dead to the world’ and hence separated from it,” on one hand.
The Eucharistic movement:
“which relates the world to God by ‘referring’ it to God…an by bringing to it the blessings of God’s life and the taste of the Kingdom to come.”
I’ve never thought of the two sacraments in quite that way before. Baptism leaves us dead to the world and we re-enter the world through the body of Christ, through the Eucharist and through Eucharistic community.