Eucharist: a wedding table decorated with a cross instead of a cake

 While the Eucharist has always been a consoling mystery with an ecstatic, mystical language surrounding it (such as “Happy are those who are called to the wedding feast of the lamb,” Revelation 19:7-9), it has also been clothed in the language of suffering, blood, and death.

It makes clear the connection that the mystics always confirm: there is an inherent link between love and suffering.

I think the tradition is correct in saying that somehow this mystery of the Eucharist is both festive meal and the inevitability of suffering for what we love.

So this wedding table is not decorated with a cake but with a cross.

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