Communion is the end and the beginning. It’s prayer’s goal and the means of achieving it.
Of the cup we call Communion, Jesus said both that there is new life in it and that he would abstain from it until we could celebrate together in his Father’s kingdom (Matt 26:27–28). Of the relationship we call communion, he promised to pour into us his Spirit and so his life, including us in his own union with the Father (John 14:18–20). And of that three-in-one union we call Trinity, the Cappadocian fathers used the image of a throne-room dance: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in an unassailable circle of life, into which we are nevertheless welcomed, even before we are sure of the steps (perichoresis; Gregory of Nazianzus, Epistula 101.6).
These are the final haikus and images of the prayer challenge, but not the end of the fun. Thank you for celebrating the dance with me. Here’s to life!