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episode 10:
What Are You Committed To?

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“We enter every celebration with a contrite heart and pray the Kyrie Eleison. We listen to the Word — the scriptural readings and the homily — we profess our faith, we give to God the fruits of the earth and the work of human hands and receive from God the body and blood of Jesus, and finally we are sent into the world with the task of renewing the face of the earth. The Eucharistic event reveals the deepest human experiences, those of sadness, attentiveness, invitation, intimacy, and engagement. It summarizes the life we are called to live in the Name of God. Only when we recognize the rich network of connections between the Eucharist and our life in the world can the Eucharist be ‘worldly’ and our life ‘Eucharistic.’”

—Henri Nouwen

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Scripture Reading: John 6:51-58

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When’s the last time you took communion, when you participated in the Eucharist, when you “[ate] the flesh of the Son of Man and [drank] his blood”? Depending on your faith tradition, you either did it last week at church (if your church offers communion every week), or a few weeks ago at church (if your church offers communion monthly or semi-regularly), or not for a long time (if you attend a spiritual gathering that isn’t explicitly Christian or if you don’t attend any kind of gathering). If your faith tradition allows you, take communion sometime this week, whether it’s by yourself, with your family or friends, or in the context of a church gathering. As you participate in this powerful and  symbolic act, reflect on the quote above and start determining ways you can live a “Eucharistic life” in the world around you.

Read: Daily Prayers from the Book of Common Prayer

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