Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Although we cannot actually see love because it is a spiritual reality, we know that someone loves us by what they do and by what they say. It is the same with God. God is a spiritual reality revealed through word and action. In the Church we speak of this as word and sacrament. The mention of sacrament will immediately bring to mind the two liturgical events of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion, Eucharist, The Mass) with which we are familiar. However, sacrament covers more than that. In so far as a physical object or activity is the means by which we become aware of the presence and power of God it is sacramental. The universe itself becomes sacramental when we sense the present and power of the Creator in it. Our awareness of God in nature or in significant events that happen to us is sacramental. Anything, can become of sacramental significance. Not automatically or magically, but when our spirits are made aware of God’s presence and power through physical realities, we have a sacrament. However, from the earliest days of the Church, Baptism and Communion have carried the weight of authorization by Jesus himself. They are physical activities involving physical objects (water, bread, wine) through which God acts. They can link us with Jesus, spirit with spirit. Through them, we may sense Christ really and truly present. Through them, Christ acts to establish and empower the Church.
- What are the outward and visible signs of someone’s love?
- What are the outward and visible signs of God’s love?
- What does baptism signify?
- What might it mean to have a sacramental approach to life?