The Word Made Flesh: The Liturgy of Word and Sacrament

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007

In Christ, God's power and glory are hidden under the lowliness and shame of the cross, his wrath under love. Even after his ascension, God's grace was made present for us through the physical realities of his Word and through water and bread and wine.
It seems that humankind has always lived in a tension about the presence of God, especially the physical presence. We have continually "sought signs and wonders" (John 4:48), physical evidence, as it were, of God's activity and presence. On the other hand, we also suspect that such a thing as the actual presence of God is impossible. There is after all the dictum, "the finite cannot bear the infinite" (finitum non est capax infiniti)! But Christians have confessed that God is present everywhere; we even have a word for it, "omnipresent." ...

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