The Mass and Holy Communion: Personal Salvation or Earth’s Sacrament of Life

Most congregations today focus on personal matters, including personal salvation, and on maintaining their institutions. Yet, they are at a loss for how to re-center their focus, their teaching and practice on saving life on Earth. Does anyone feel irrelevance here?

The clergy celebrating Mass, Communion, or the Lord’s Supper have, for so many centuries, focused on personal salvation when breaking bread and holding up the chalice. It has me wondering whether they even see “the far more” that lies beyond this narrow, individualistic meaning? I empathize. For 32 years I was exactly that kind of clergy.