The Eucharist Contemplation
Setting up for a painted still-life of the bread, and the wine with words like holy communion, sacrament, ordinance, symbol, and most of all religion crossing my mind. I thought of the significance that these cups are empty and the bread will be old by the end of my painting and have no taste. What do these objects, and our relationship with them have to do with Christ?
It is admittedly difficult to connect with this divine mystery that is The Eucharist. So, as I set out the objects that I recently purchased at second hand stores and bread bought at a local Greek bakery in Queens, NY, I found My best option to be to contemplate.. his blood, his body..
As I sit, I recognize the disconnect between the Eucharist and my life. I could not view this bread as more than bread or the wine to be more than wine. One of my two Chalices would not even hold wine. I was attracted to its ornate form and beautiful design, but it was useless as an object to hold the Holy Wine. It recalled times in the early church where Religion and grandeur overshadowed Christ-like love and community.
In this still moment of my own human understanding, I became broken and more open to what is divine. The mystery of the Eucharist became more evident in my silent prayer for understanding. Also, the challenge to know of Christ more fully became less of a burden in this time of contemplation and listening.
Jesus Christ gave his disciples bread and wine and said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”
I then focus back to the setup in my studio in NYC, and decide to paint the objects as they are. I appreciate the more modern composition, the useless but beautiful Chalice along side a more simple chalice holding wine, and off course the broken bread.
Now, having a drawing and a finished painting, I can sit and contemplate the connection between the church in 2018, myself, The Eucharist, and Christ in the midst of that. There is reason to contemplate, be humble and listen, and interact with the most beautiful and mysterious meal ever served.