Cannibals

 

Robinson Crusoe is the story of an Englishman shipwrecked on a tropical island for twenty-eight years.  Crusoe escaped from the ship with just the captain’s dog and two cats.

 

But Crusoe learned to survive on the island.  He went foraging and eventually learnt how to grow barley and rice and to turn grapes into raisins.  His harvest was really important for him and his gratitude to God for His goodness grew and grew.  October is also the month we will be celebrating our own Harvest Festivals (Crowhurst on the 1st at 11am and Catsfield on the 8th also at 11am).

 

Crusoe had plenty of challenges on his tropical island, which included having to share it with occasional visits from cannibals.  He was pretty shocked by this and famously saves one man, whom he christened Man Friday on account of the day he was saved.

 

Christians, of course, have sometimes being accused of being cannibals too.  Our principle service of Holy Communion obeys the instructions of Our Lord Jesus Christ to offer to God the gifts of bread and wine.  The bread symbolizes our daily work and the wine speaks of our social and non-working life.  As these gifts are brought up in church they stand as an offering of our whole life to God.

 

We then believe that God makes them even better, as Jesus uses them to make Himself present to us today.  Following the words of Jesus, Himself, we talk about receiving His body and His blood.  It is perhaps not surprising that this has been misunderstood and people have thought that we might be cannibals.

 

Well we aren’t!  To be a cannibal you have to have a dead body.  Christians believe that Jesus is definitely alive and with us today.  Holy Communion is one way of letting the risen Jesus continue to enter into our lives.

 

Fr Michael

Posted By: valerie

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