“The Eucharist mediates between heaven and earth. In the Eucharist, as comedy of revelation, temporal things are not vacuumed into heaven and neither is their human and physical reality vaporized. In Revelation, the New Jerusalem descends from above and so one is immediately at home with its ‘familiar’ realities: its trees, fruits, and leaves grow with a fecundity to delight any gardener because they are ‘transformed into heavenly realities’… Our ineluctable habit of evaluation by the mark of perfection exhibits our awareness of a paradisial aspect of reality, shining within the created world itself. For the believing Christian, the permanent marker of this analogical gradation between heaven and earth, the thing which sets everything in the cosmos in its place on an ascending scale, is the Eucharist.”

She then continues with a quote from von Balthasar’s The Glory of the Lord, vol 1:

“If Christ is the image of all images, it is impossible that he should not affect all the world’s images by his presence, arranging them around himself…what Christ brings with him is…the world of creation and redemption as a whole. His form imparts to the things of the world the right distance (to him and to each other). The believer does not believe all this; he sees it…This his sensory environment…is…determined by the central image and event of Christ, so that…his…real and corporeal sense experience bring him into contact with that central point…The reality of creation as a whole has become the monstrance of God’s real presence.”

~ God is Not a Story, pg 234.

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