Forgive me, the language in this quote is a bit more academic ‘like’ than I am usually comfortable sharing on anabaptistly, but the gist of it is well worth it… and Boff is awesome!
There is a deep connection between love of God and love of neighbour. Jesus explicitly speaks love God, love neighbour as the greatest commandment. Boff wonderfully interprets the importance and functionality of the Eucharist (communion) in light of this divine reality.
We must love our neighbour with the same sweeping movement with which we love God. After all, there is really only one commandment: the commandment of love. Love of God is ‘veri-fied’ – ‘made true’ in love of neighbour. Any celebration pretending to center on God, to the exclusion of mending broken relationships will fail in its quest for God. After all, it has effectively blocked the road that infallibly leads to God: the path of love of neighbour. Camilo Torres, the priest who lived the searing truth of the Gospel to the hilt and then died that that truth might live in history, exhorted his friends as follows, on June 24, 1965, in an effort to create the necessary concrete conditions for an authentic Eucharistic worship: ‘The Christian community cannot offer the sacrifice in an authentic form if it has not first fulfilled in an effective manner the precept of ‘love thy neighbour.’ In terms of exigencies of the Gospel, in order to guarantee the Christian authenticity of the Eucharist, it will not be enough that the Eucharist be put together according to dogmatic principles and ritualized according to the disciplinary and liturgical canons. In all respect for ecclesial value of dogmatic determinations and canonical discipline, the church must still honour and observe the spirit of Jesus. In the spirit of Jesus, true worship of God is realized more in the concretization of Justice and the building of a community of sisters and brothers than in the formalities of a symbolic celebration.
Leonardo Boff, “When Theology Listens to the Poor” page 97
How does this way of thinking impact the manner in which you take communion? In what ways to you experience communion as personal? In what ways do you experience communion as communal?