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Title: Living from a Eucharistic Vision
Subtitle: Solidarity in the Body of the Christ
Author(s): VINCIE, Catherine
Journal: Questions Liturgiques/Studies in Liturgy
Volume: 86 Issue: 2-3 Date: 2005
How are we to understand the place of the Eucharist, indeed the place of all our liturgical celebrations, in actual life of the Christian community? What are the lines of connection between our moments gathered in communal, liturgical prayer and the actual moments of our daily life? We are forced to ask these questions because we have made such siignificant claims about the importance of worship in Christian life. We claim that gathering in the presence of God, in praise of God, to beg a blessing of God, to receive the gift of the Eucharist, unites the assembly with the very life of God. We claim that participation in the liturgical memorial, in the sacramental life, actualizes in us what the sacraments signify - participation in the very holiness of God. Dare we engage in such weighty behaviour and not live an ethical life? Should we even come to the Eucharistic table if we, like the Corinthians, do not recognize the body of Christ incarnated among us? Will we not eat and drink to our own condemnation? But how can we be church without celebrating the Eucharist.