A New Way of Humanising the World
6.1 The Eucharist – as the utmost prayer vis-à-vis Witnessing Beyond The Eucharist is the utmost form of Christian prayer, because it is the celebration that embodies the mystery of our salvation. Ipso facto it is the “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Lumen gentium, no. 11; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1324) It is a celebration of life that finds its realization on the ‘altar of the celebration’ on one hand and on the other ‘on the altar of the world’- Sitz im leben der Menschheit (in the life-situation of humanity). This line of argumentation is fur- ther strengthened and attested to by Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the statement, that, Every human being has a longing for God. Christians go one step further – not only do we long for God but we have the treasure of his presence always with us. We also have the joy of getting even closer to him by receiving him in Communion. Yet Jesus was not satisfied with just becoming the Bread of Life, he also made himself the hungry one in the distressing disguise of the poor. We Missionaries of Charity cannot say that we love Jesus only in the Eucharist – naturally, we want to put that love into action, serving the poor. We cannot sepa- rate the Eucharist and the poor.110 In the light of the foregoing the Eucharist is thus a life that is equally celebrated beyond the frontier of ‘the altar’, to something that is...
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