Meeting God at the Feast

"Our study has shown that the scriptural meaning of blessing and remembrance converge at the Last Supper and point forward to ongoing transformational encounters with God at the Feast. Such encounters include many specific blessings which can be summarized by the themes of freedom and formation...

"Ultimately, the blessing of the Feast is encountering God himself. He is the source of every blessing. Each of the biblical texts, and the canon as a whole, instructs us about who God is, how he interacts with his people, and how his people may seek to interact with him. Since God's nature and the fundamental dynamics of how he interacts with his people are constant, then the biblical accounts of God coming to his people and blessing them in the context of remembrance can serve as a reliable source for the current people of God's expectations. This study of Exodus, Mark, and 1 Corinthians sees in the details of textual accounts and the canonical shape of cohesive messages a way to articulate more specifically some of the innumerable benefits of knowing God. And, this study has shown that the effectual nature of blessing in the context of remembrance persists through the ongoing Feast. Here, such blessings can be not only cognitively acknowledged, but actually appropriated.

There is scriptural justification for believers to expect God to meet them at the Feast and bless them with freedom and formation."

Susan I. Bubbers, A Scriptural Theology of Eucharistic Blessings (Library of New Testament Studies; London: Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark, 2013), 221.