Today, Holy Thursday, we commemorate the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Eucharist. The following quote from St. Maria of Paris expands on the prayer of oblation that we hear at the Divine Liturgy, "Thine own of thine own we offer unto Thee on behalf of all and for all."
"If...this sacrificial and self-giving love stands at the center of the Church's life, what then are its boundaries, its limits? In this sense one can speak of the whole of Christianity as of an eternal offering of a Divine Liturgy beyond church walls.... It means that we must offer the bloodless sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-offering love not only in a specific place, on the one altar of only one temple but that the whole world, in this sense, becomes the one altar of the one Temple--and that we must offer our hearts under the species of bread and wine, so that they may be transformed into Christ's love, that he may abide in them, that they may become hearts of Godmanhood, and that he would give these hearts of ours as food for the world, that he would commune the whole world with these sacrificed hearts of ours, in order that we would be one with him, that we not live but Christ would live in us, incarnate in our flesh."
Let us go forth in peace in the name of the Lord as we offer ourselves unto Him on behalf of all and for all.
We've been doing this Second Liturgy thing for half a year, with 24 podcast episodes and about 20 blog entries. We thought it’s time to take a step back, evaluate and reflect a bit, and ask for your feedback (no donuts) for the direction we take with the podcast.
Here’s what we said in the intro episode: "The purpose of this podcast/blog is to get us thinking about how to love our neighbors as ourselves, specifically those with material needs, and to not just talk about it, but to get involved. We’re two guys leading a discussion, asking questions on topics related to poverty that don’t get a lot of air time." So, how are we doing?
We did a couple book and movie reviews, we shared some excerpts from other podcasts, bantered back and forth on some of our thoughts on the topic, and did a whole bunch of interviews. Most of them were with folks from St. John the Compassionate Mission. One of the things we didn’t really address is Why is this Church unusual? Why isn’t welcoming the poor and addicts, and others on the fringes of society the norm? Perhaps we’ll get to that in a future episode.
One of the reasons we’ve featured so many interviews is because we’re not experts. We are looking for others who have made a priority of going beyond the first liturgy to the second liturgy, to learn from them and to share their experiences.
So, listeners, as we look ahead to the next 20+ blog entries and 25 podcast episodes, what would you like to read and hear more of?
We invite you to take a quick survey at TheSecondLiturgy.com. On Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 12 noon ET or shortly thereafter, we’ll do a drawing of all entries. The winner will receive two bags of coffee, one for him or her and one to share with someone who needs some excellent coffee. (Sidenote, if you’re listening to this after that date, we still want to hear from you!)
Of course, we’re hoping that everyone gives us helpful feedback, but we’re happy for anyone who just stops by to try to win the coffee. We thank our sponsor Lonely Monk Coffees for helping to power this podcast and we hope you like your coffee!
Have a blessed celebration of the Lord's resurrection!