The Presentation of Gifts…and Ourselves

So we, who bear death in our very bones, bring life-giving food before God and recognise that food as God’s gift. We do this in the awareness that he will return that bread to us in communion as the authentic bread of life, the bread that feeds undying life into us. This presentation of bread and wine is a radical act that expresses the fragility of our lives as human beings and at the same time recognises the One who has not only given us life as we have it now but who will give us life in abundance.

Frank O’Loughlin, New Wineskins: Eucharist in Today’s Context (Bayswater, VIC: Conventry Press, 2019), 39.