Saturday, May 9, 2009

Word and Sacrament : A Parable

In the beginning, there was nothing. The "world" was barren and empty - that is, until the first day, when the Father spoke. That day, billions of particles (tiny bodies of substance) came into being. The Father continued to speak, day after day, each day altering and enhancing the world that he brought into being, moving the creation from one glorious existence to a newer, more glorious existence.

Once upon a time, there was a womb. The womb was barren and empty - that is, until the day that the Father spoke the Gospel. That day, billions of particles (tiny bodies of substance) came into being and formed the body of a Son.

In the latter days, there was a desolate place. Its name was "Jerusalem" and it was the heart of man, a city of many evil sons - that is, until the day that the Father's Son began to speak the words of the Father to the people. Indeed, it was very fitting that the Son spoke the words of the Father, for the Father had named him such - The Word. As the Word went out, it eventually died - but it died with a promise, the promise that, as the Word is true, the Father will raise it up and bring it together again in a newer, more glorious body. After three days, the Father made good on his promise (because the Father is Good). The Word was not only reborn, but he was exalted, made a king in heaven, ruling over every body the Father ever made.

Before the Word ascended to his throne, he appointed representatives, "apostles." These men he chose were to go into all the world and speak the Word to everybody. As they did this, many of them eventually died - but they died with a promise, the promise that, as the Word is true, the Father will raise it up again in a newer, more glorious body. Every seven days, the Father makes good on his promise (because the Father is Good). The Word is not only reborn, but he is exalted, celebrated as the Lord of heaven, ruling over every body the Father ever made. We call this day the "Lord's Day."

On the Lord's Day, every body gathers to hear God's Word. This Word brings together many bodies (where there was once only emptiness) into one Body, a body under one Head (the Beautiful Son), and together they rejoice in the goodness of the Father, having prepared before them the rich feast of his own Son's Body and Blood. Through feasting upon the Son's Body, the many people that make up one body (we call it the "Church") share in the life of the Son, and will one day - on the Day of the Lord - share in his second birth, being raised up again into newer, more glorious bodies.

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