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Hospitality beyond the Eucharistic experience

By Fr Don Chambers

In last week’s article, I posited that the Church’s ministry of hospitality is grounded and shaped by our friendship or relationship with Jesus Christ and each other. In this relationship, the Church plays the role of both host (giver) and guest (receiver). In this week’s article, I argue that while the Eucharist is the pinnacle ritual of the Church’s hospitality, the Church is called to live out the spirituality of hospitality outside of the Eucharist.

As Catholics, we believe and celebrate the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. By virtue of the Incarnation, the Eucharist celebrates Christ’s presence in God’s Word, the priest, the assembly, and the Body and Blood of Christ. Hence, the Church is invited to be hospitable to Christ’s presence in the Word of God, the priest who acts in Anima Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, and members of the community.

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