On this Maundy Thursday, when Christ instituted the Sacrament of His Body and Blood, it’s good to reflect on the significance of that gift. Different theologies, of course, think of Holy Communion differently, but there would surely be a consensus that the sacraments work against the assumption that all we need is “spirituality,” which involves repudiating and escaping the material world.
Luther, in particular, had a high view of the material dimensions of the Christian faith. I have always thought that Lutheran sacramental theology is “higher” than that of Roman Catholicism. Transubstantiation teaches that the bread and wine in Holy Communion become mere appearances, a docetic illusion in which the presence of Christ’s Body annihilates the created material. In contrast, the Lutheran notion of a “sacramental union” teaches that Christ’s Body and Blood are joined to the bread and wine in such a way that the supernatural and the natural come together.
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