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Filled with Abundance, Freighted with Generosity

When the disciples, charged with feeding the hungry crowd, found a child with five loaves and two fishes, Jesus TOOK, BLESSED, BROKE and GAVE the bread. These are the four decisive verbs of our sacramental existence.  Jesus conducted a Eucharist, a gratitude.  He demonstrated that the world is filled with abundance and freighted with generosity.  If bread is broken and shared, there is enough for all.  Jesus is engaged in the subversive reordering of public reality.

- Walter Brueggemann, "The Liturgy of Abundance, The Myth of Scarcity," in The Christian Century, March 24-31, 1999
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