In the Serbian tradition, whether accurate or not, communion is only taken a few times a year. Maybe twice, in other (rare) cases once during each fasting period. Oftentimes, when a more frequent communion is suggested we get blank stares. How? Are we supposed to fast all the time? How can I come to communion when I have something, a bad feeling towards someone during liturgy, etc. etc.? It’s as if, at the very mention of Holy Communion, only one thing comes to mind: sin; that is, there is something preventing me from communing. I want to, but I can’t. It doesn’t matter that Christ has defeated death, defeated the devil and sin….I just can’t.
This is a much broader theme that deserves many blog posts but I’ve decided to use this pixely notebook of mine for that very purpose – making notes. The answer to our problems is God and God is with us in Church and He offers Himself to us as the priest calls us to “draw near”. The question is how?
The rules of preparation for communion should be honored but at times I get the impression that we live in the time of Christ: whenever He wanted to heal someone the Pharisees voiced their opinion how He was breaking the rules.