Real and Essential Eating

Of Christ’s sacramental fleshe and bloude. Joshua Gibbs makes the point that Christ, in whom dwells the fulness, is more lamb and cornerstone than what we think of as an actual lamb and an actual cornerstone.

Presbytery Mosaic: Sacrifice. Photograph by Holly Hayes.

Presbytery Mosaic: Sacrifice. Photograph by Holly Hayes.

Exactly what I thought of the holy Supper: the bread and wine are the signifiers, Christ Body and Blood the signified. The spiritual eating and drinking, therefore, is more real than the pressing of bread with the teeth, more substantial, more – dare I say it? – literal. And so the cornerstones of earthly buildings are figurative, and so is the drinking of good, gladdening wine, but annexed to these corporal figures is a reality stronger and more glorious than they.

‘Why would we not say that compared to Christ, lambs pale as “actual lambs” and that cornerstones pale as “actual cornerstones”?’ Indeed. And isn’t that what C. S. Lewis also said about the resurrection body?

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