The Eucharist and its meaning for the Jews

Very interesting post from Eagle and Elephant – a look at some writings by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, part of a some retreat preaching he did before John Paul II, in 1983. The Eagle and the Elephant has excerpts and thoughts on what he is reading. Very interesting and yes, provocative.

He made of his death an act of prayer, an act of adoration. … [H]e cried “with a loud voice” the opening words of Psalm 21, the great Psalm of the just man suffering and set free: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

… [T]his dying cry of Jesus was the messianic prayer of the great Psalm of Israel’s suffering and hope, which concludes with the vision of the poor satisfied and all the ends of the earth returning to the Lord. … [T]he whole story of the passion is shot through with the threads of this Psalm, weaving in and out continually in an interchange between words and reality. … It thus becomes clear that Jesus is the true subject of this Psalm ….

… [W]hat took place at the Last Supper is an anticipation of the death, the transformation of the death into an act of love. …

The death without the Supper would be empty, without meaning; the Supper without the actual realisation of the death it anticipated would be a gesture without reality. Supper and Cross together … The Eucharist does not spring from the Supper alone; it springs from this oneness of Supper and Cross ….

You’ll want to go check out the link and see where this builds to.

Counseling Kevin looks at Ratzinger and his contention that God’s humor is part of the mirth of creation. Another good post.

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  • joeh

    I loved JP II very much. I have lived with 6 Popes in my life and he was the first one I loved. When he died, my mourning was as great as with my own mom and dad. My mom was an orphan and I always heard how you never got over feeling like an orphan, even into her 80′s. When JPII died I felt like an orphan and for the first time, really understood what she meant. I was happy with Benedict became our new father, but I also am not yet able to give him my heart. Maybe I never will. But what he is working on is my mind. Jesus says we must love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind. JPII allowed me to open my heart of stone and allow my soul to fly free within me. It had been bottled up for years. I believe that Benedict will help us convert our minds to a full devotion to God.

  • Sigmund Carl and Alfred

    The Eagle and Elephont was intersting, to say the least. Lot’s of good ideas.

    That said, we are presuming that Jews without the Temple are left bereft. Clearly, they don’t see it that way.

    The reconcilation of ideas here would prove to be interesting.