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Eucharist: Gathering - A Healing Act

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4.2

The act of gathering in the Eucharist is a healing act.  In proclaiming our calling to be the people of God we are proclaiming also God’s desire for healing and wholeness - the life which the Hebrew Scriptures refer to as ‘Shalom’ - often translated as ‘peace’ but layered with meanings such as completeness, peace, wholeness. This is our celebration in the Eucharist - a taste of the promise of healing - not ‘getting better’ or having symptoms mended, but the deepest healing, of the heart, of the earth, of community.  

The example of Jesus Christ offers us an example of one who encountered human brokenness and brought healing.  It is Christ we encounter in the Eucharist - the Christ of love, forgiveness, and grace.  We gather at the Eucharist as a ‘way station’ on our journey of faith - both individually and corporately. We seek to heal the divisions between us in our Communion. We seek to open our hearts and minds to the healing God offers. We recognise our own need of healing and our calling to be healers of our world - in prayer, in love, in faithful action.

Wild Geese

 

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes, 

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, 

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting  

over and over announcing your place 

in the family of things.

Mary Oliver

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