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January 28, 2013
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The article on the reception of the Euchrist filled me with joy to see this sensitive issue being so discussed and caused me embarassment and shame. I was ordained in the Roman Catholic Church fifty years ago and have been a priest in the Episcopal Church for thirty-five years. In both denominations I have lived with rituals of exclusion at Communn time. I find it more and more difficult to appreciate the the reasons offered. They all seem to me to be based on some form of a reward system mentality rather than on the feeding of the hungry on a long journey. "Food for the journey" (viaticum) is not a reward but a necessity. These reward systems seem to me to be at odds with Christ's actions with table felowship.