Eucharist, Origin of the Creative Minority:
An Overflowing Fullness
When we receive Communion, we receive the life-filled Body of Christ, that Body which has been transformed into a life-giving Body, into a spiritual body. We are not cannibals, for we eat a spiritual body, filled with the Spirit.
It is the Spirit that transforms us into Christ. We are, as the Church, the Body of Christ. But we are so as a parish community, as a family, as a domestic Church, as a group of friends. And so, we become a Creative Minority.
Benedict XVI used the term during his trip to the Czech Republic. With it, he resumed the solution that historian A. Toynbee gave to the problem of Western decadence in the 20th century. This decline was not inevitable if there was a creative minority capable of taking up the great questions of life and giving them a new answer.
America is disintegrating. Within the Church we live in great confusion. What is the future? The future lies in understanding that the Eucharist generates in us a creative minority.
-Minority, because friendship is always among a few. Minority because the Church is the Faithful Remnant of Israel. Minority, with a vocation of universality, of reaching out to all, of transmitting to all the fullness that we live. A minority, but in no way a closed ghetto, concerned only with its own authenticity.
-Creative, because they live a new fullness in family life, in friendships, in work. Creative, because in the friendship they live, they have fascinating common projects in which their humanity is fulfilled. Creative, because they seek excellence in their acting together. Creative, because they seek an intelligent, magnanimous, and tenacious love. Creative, because they know how to open new paths.
Those who are united to the Body of Christ, because the Body and Blood of Christ circulates in them, participate in a unique fellowship. When spouses receive Communion together, when the family receives Communion together, when friends receive Communion, in all of them the Body of Christ enlivens their body and the relationships that live in their body. Thus, they participate in the creativity of the Spirit and can share with their extended family, their friends, their neighbors, and their co-workers the excellence that they experience among themselves, the creativity of a new love.
The Eucharist thus becomes, through creative minorities, a source of sociability and humanity in society. The Eucharist generates a culture, a new society, where people can live a full life and flourish, bringing to fullness the gifts of God. The Eucharist unifies us with Christ, and with each other. This was the experience of St. Paul. This is the experience of centuries in the Church. This is our experience.
We learned that we can look at sacrifice with a new understanding of making the things in our life sacred, by offering them to the Father through Jesus’ action of giving Himself on the cross.
Jesus receives everything He has from the Father. He recognizes the Source and the Giver. He knows the generosity of the Father and wants to receive everything with praise and thanksgiving.
Because of what Christ did for us with His Passion, Death, and Resurrection, we are now given a new beginning united with God.
The Father, out of His Love and Generosity, gives His Son to us to be offered up as an atonement for our sins. Jesus out of love for His Father, freely gives Himself up for us.