Present In The Mundane

“The holiness to which the Church is called is not a matter of escape from the mundane course of human events, from time, or from everything that is not explicitly Christian. The Eucharist is an incarnational meal in which the risen Lord becomes present in the rude stuff of this life, even as he became present in human history through the womb of the Theotokos. The line between the mundane and the holy is here erased because it is precisely as the ordinary, whether a baby or bread and wine, that the Son of God comes to us. The connection to moral theology should be obvious. God claims the physical and mundane things of life as His own in the incarnation. The mystery of the Incarnate Word as fully God and fully human shows that every bit of human nature has been claimed by God in Jesus Christ. A continued participation in that process of claiming occurs when Christ becomes present to us in the Eucharist, when we sacramentally take His body and blood into our body and blood.” (Philip LeMasters PhD, Towards a Eucharistic Vision of Church, Family, Marriage & Sex)

The above quote was posted this morning by Fr Ted. It is so good that I think it bears reposting. God makes himself known through the fabric of daily life. He can be found in the mundane and even the monotonous and thus transforms it into the holy. This is how I want to live life.

2 thoughts on “Present In The Mundane

  1. I am benefiting quietly from your posts dear brother, though I rarely comment.

    This one coincides with what I just read from the Archpastoral letter of His Beattitude Metropolitan Jonah of America for the Great Feast of Pentecost. He points out the same thing, I quote:

    “As much a feast of tongues, Holy Pentecost is a feast of humility. It is a return to what the late Father Alexander Schmemann called “the routine drudgery of everyday existence.” Having enjoyed the presence of the Bridegroom for 40 days, having awaited the promised Comforter with those gathered in the Upper Room for ten days, we now bend the knees of our hearts, asking God to strengthen us for “usual” life – and recalling that the strength to do so comes from Him.”

    A blessed Feast to you and family

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