Monday, December 21, 2009

When consumption masquerades as communion

Some interesting thoughts from Cosmos - Liturgy - Sex about the connection of sacrifice and consumption, and how it's all redeemed in the Mass. An excerpt:

The Genesis imagery of the fall indicates that the instead of achieving communion through this act of total-self gift, [Adam and Eve] instead chose consumption. I would argue that whatever the act of rebellion might have actually been, the choice of the consumption imagery is significant. It suggests that consumption -- communion on man's terms rather than God’s terms -- is to be a perennial problem. In fact, consumption now often masquerades as communion. I believe that this is the anthropology behind what we know as "comfort foods" which are standard recourse for many of us, particularly when we have trouble with relationships of communion.

Read the rest here.

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