THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light
Thursday, March 27, 1997
Maundy Thursday

There is joy and strength, of course, in this holy food and drink, but it is also an inevitable joining of forces with the vast Scheme of reconciliation and redemption. Now, there is something in our natural selves that may well make us wary of such a contact. The man who in his heart intends to go on being selfish or proud, or who has already decided how far his Christian convictions should carry him, is probably obeying a sound instinct when he keeps away from this glorious but perilous Sacrament. For, if the truth be told, men are often willing to put their trust in a god who in the end must be triumphant, simply because they want to be on the winning side; but they are not nearly so ready to bear any part of the cost of that winning. Yet the fellowship of the broken bread and the poured-out wine can mean no less than that.
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Appointment with God, New York, Macmillan, 1954, p. 26 (see the book; see also Matt. 20:22-23; 8:19-20; 10:22; Luke 14:28-33; 1 Cor. 11:27-29; Col. 1:24; Heb. 10:37-38; more at Bread, Church, Fellowship, God, Intention, Joy, Pride, Reconciliation, Redemption, Sacrament, Selfish, Strength, Trust)

 
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