Eucharist and Babette’s Feast III

babette's Feast

Let us pray from John Phillip Newell

Clear our heart, O God, that we may see you.
Clear our heart, O God,
that we may truly see ourselves.
See our heart, O God,
that we may know the sacredness of this moment
and in every moment
seek you
serve you
strengthen you
as the Living Presence in every presence.
Clear our heart, O God,
that we may see.  Amen

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (14:22-25)

22 While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take it,” he said, “this is my body.”

23 Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and handed it to them; and they all drank from it. 24 Jesus said, “This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God’s covenant. 25 I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God.”

Julian of Norwich said, “We are not just made by God.  We are made of God.”  Eucharist is an offering.  Christ offers Christself to us, and we offer in return.  It is meant to be a flow.  There is a divine love that is freely given.  We enter into it and it changes us.  It doesn’t just flow in.  What happens to water when it grows stagnant?  It is meant to then flow out.  We must allow God within us to flow out of us.  How is this shown in Babette’s Feast?

“How then can we, in the midst of our ordinary lives, drink our cup, the cup of sorrow and the cup of joy?  How can we fully appropriate what is given to us?  Somehow we know that when we do not drink our cup and thus avoid the sorrow as well as the joy of living, our lives become inauthentic, insincere, superficial, and boring…We can choose to drink the cup of our life with the deep conviction that by drinking it we will find our true freedom.  Thus, we will discover that the cup of sorrow and joy we are drinking is the cup of salvation.”  Henri Nouwen in Can You Drink the Cup?  Does Babette do this?  What about the townspeople?

What is God’s covenant?  How does God’s covenant make a difference in your life?

Let us pray

Christ, come into our lives.

Come into our lives and make us into something new.

Help us find joy in this newness.

Help us use this joy in our lives

and in the lives of those we around us

each day.

Amen

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