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Those of Us Who Insist on Saying “No”

July 18, 2020

What about those of us who insist on saying “no” to God’s offer of grace?

W. Paul Jones* writes this of the new translation of the Catholic Sacramentary —

At the key point in the Eucharist, the new translation reads, “This is the chalice of my blood, which will be poured out for you and for many.”

I yearned for the former words, that Christ’s sacrificial act was “for all.”

In one sense, both translations are right, but which is primal: the offer or the reception, the God who says “yes” or those of us who insist on saying “no?”

— What do you think?

I’d love to hear from you, any of the usual ways.

See you back here tomorrow.

(*And in case you’re wondering about W. Paul Jones, he’s an ordained United Methodist clergy, one of our much-loved seminary professors, and now a Roman Catholic Priest and Trappist Family Brother. These three sentences of his I quote here first appeared in Disciplines 2020, p. 232.)

 

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