Alleluia, He is risen, O come, Let us adore him! Alleluia
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The Second Sunday after Easter
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life; Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source of Collect: Archbishop Cranmer , The Collect calls forth the idea of a lamb in saying that Jesus became a sacrifice for us; and complements the image in the Gospel by following the steps of the Good Shepherd. In those days sheep were not driven; they followed [Barbee and Zahl}
Isaih xl. 1, Psalm 21, 23 | 116, 117; 1 St. Peter ii. 19. St. John x. 11.
Homily of Augustine on Psalm XXIII
Leaders eat with their troops…The Gospels reveal how often food and drink are the backdrops for so many of Jesus' most powerful and important lessons.
The quotation above comes from a little book I picked up in the leadership section of the Post Exchange. In our sacrament of the Lord's Supper we continue to sup with our Leader whose Real Presence is recognized by the faithful in the breaking of the bread. Here is an interesting article featured on the BAR on Jesus: his dining customs, Communion, and the Last Supper.
The Church speaks to Christ: "The Lord feedeth me, and I shall lack nothing" The Lord Jesus Christ is my Shepherd," and I shall lack nothing." "In a place of pasture there hath He placed me" In a place of fresh pasture, leading me to faith, here hath He placed me to be nourished. "By the water of refreshing hath He brought me up." By the water of baptism, whereby they are refreshed who have lost health and strength, hath He brought me up.
The Church has celebrated the mystery of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the presence of Christ since the earliest days. Paul wrote: The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? [1Cor10:16]. We are indeed fed in the Lord's Supper. As we abide in him, and he abides in us, we will lack nothing that is requisite for our salvation. The place and time of nourishment is the Church at the Eucharist, where we hear the Gospel proclaimed, and "Jesus' most powerful and important lessons" expounded.
We find unity in the Lord's Supper. However, there are times when the faithful are called to separate because of heretical teaching and immorality. Here is an interesting article from Peter Jensen of the Anglican Church of Australia entitled "The Limits of Fellowship"