Archives for February 2011

The Best Explanation for Transubstantiation Yet

Mother Teresa once said, “When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” At the center of Pitre’s Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist is the message of God’s transforming love throughout history. [Read more…]

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Braving Rabbinic Waters to Reveal Body and Blood

A study of ancient rabbinic writing marries ancient Presences to new, and exposes the constancy of God’s self-revelation; it is always in the Bread. [Read more…]

A Protestant’s Differing Views on the Historical Eucharist

As a progressive Protestant Christian, it is healthy for me to be challenged with a perspective on the Eucharist that is markedly different than my own. However, it occurs to me that one angle for approaching the difference between my view of the Eucharist and Pitre’s view is actually to show a contrast between two Roman Catholic scholars. [Read more…]

Behold! The Manna, the Bread from Heaven that Ever Was

Self-described “Hebrew Catholic” SIMCHA FISHER finds that a constancy of exchange between God and humanity, is always, always in the Bread. Reflections on the new book “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.” [Read more…]

A Returning Catholic’s Answered Prayer

As a Protestant (Episcopalian and later non-denominational), I prayed often for the presence of God to be made manifest, the thought being that God’s presence alone would be enough to bring comfort, healing, solace – even faith. Now, journeying back to my Catholic roots, via RCIA, I find that everything’s changed; God’s presence is more than ethereal. RICK RICE on how “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist” is the answer to a returning Catholic’s prayer. [Read more…]

Unlocking the Secrets of the Eucharist

What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What were the Jewish hopes for the Messiah? What was Jesus’ purpose in institutionalizing the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? These questions are at the heart of Catholic scholar Brant Pitre’s new book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be hosting a discussion about the mystery of Communion here at Take & Read, as part of our late February book club on Pitre’s book. We hope you’ll join the conversation by adding a comment or two here about your own experience and understanding of this central sacrament of the Christian faith. [Read more…]

Students In Chains Make a Point

The chains ranged from fist-sized iron links to thumb-sized steel loops, but none of them were light. Heads bowed, students in black Human Wrong shirts stood for hours linked together in a row, weighed down by ropes of chains—a “human illustration” of modern-day slavery. [Read more…]