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Eucharistic Community

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Andy Doyle begins this film, part 4 in the Church: A Community Called for the Future series,  by invoking the two images of the church receiving the Holy Spirit. First, he describes Jesus breaking through locked doors to engage his followers and breathing the Spirit on them in order to send them out into the world. The second image describes tongues of fire coming down to those gathered in Jerusalem, bringing the Spirit upon them. Both powerful stories reveal how God shared God’s self with the disciples, but they also ask us to go a step further and share ourselves outside the walls of the church. For eucharistically-centered believers, that is essentially who we as Christians are. We are a community who experiences connectedness at the Eucharistic table and then shares that same spirit out in the world. In this film, Doyle asks us to envision what this connectedness, this sharing of God’s self, looks like in our unstable world.

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