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In the light of the practice of Jesus own table and the Eucharistic practice of the early Church . . . is our contemporary Church still 'clasping sinners to her bosom'? Francis Moloney traces the basic traditions which record the words and actions of Jesus on the night before he died, when he celebrated a meal with his disciples. We discover that the early Church understood the Eucharist to be the place where people met the Lord despite their brokenness. Moloney challenges us to consider how welcome the broken are at the Eucharistic table in the contemporary Church.
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Geoffrey Wainwright of Duke University writes: "Here we have a Catholic exegete, on the basis of close analysis of the New Testament texts, challenging his Church to a reexamination of its disciplinary tradition: if the meal practice of Jesus embodied a never-failing presence of the Lord to his ever-failing disciples, then should not the Church think twice before excluding faltering members from Communion?"
Francis J. Moloney, formerly dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, currently resides in his native Australia and serves as provincial superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco for Australia and the Pacific region. He is the author of many books, including Mark: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist and The Gospel of John: Text and Context.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1991. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0859248925