22. May, 2016

Do you believe in magic?

Do you believe in magic?

I applaud the fact that Holy See has recognized the validity of the eucharistic sacrifice celebrated using the eucharistic prayer of Addai and Mari (Taft, 2003). This means there is no institutional narrative i.e., the part of the eucharistic prayer where Jesus proclaims the bread and wine are no longer, but have become his body and blood. It helps remove our thinking from the belief in a magical moment, wherein Jesus works this miracle exclusively through the agency of the priest. One point that the eucharist—without this moment—affirms, is that the eucharistic miracle is a work of the Christian community, through and in which Christ is present.

The implication that Jesus is made present through and in his Church as one unified body, carried into pastoral practice, is confronting. What that implication means for pastoral practice is that any and all ministries of the Church are a work of the entire Christian community, and not exclusively of the priest. Parishioners cannot simply leave the work of ministry to their priest, that would be tantamount to the belief in magic. 

The point Taft (2003) is making is that the eucharistic consecration/miracle comprises the prayers of the mass in their entirety. The point of this blog is to raise an awareness that ministry is a work of the parish in its entirety.

Taft, R. F. (2003). Mass Without the Consecration? America, the National Catholic Weekly Magazine, 188(16). Retrieved from http://teamrcia.com/home/Classes/ILM/Mass%20Without%20the%20Consecration%20(for%20sesn.%206).pdf