Thursday, September 04, 2008
an old favorite...
i first came across this quote a couple years ago, but it was in some recent reading i was doing, and i was reminded of how much i love it. not just for what it has to say about communion, but, read in a broader way, what it has to say about Jesus himself, and the way he meant for us to experience his life in our own.
"unfermented grape juice is a bland and pleasant drink, especially on a warm afternoon mixed half-and-half with ginger ale. it is a ghastly symbol of the life blood of Jesus Christ, especially when served in individual antiseptic, thimble-sized glasses.
wine is booze, which means it is dangerous and drunk making. it makes the timid brave and the reserved armorous. it looses the tongue and breaks the ice especially when served in a loving cup. it kills germs. as symbols go, it is a rather splendid one."