THE death and resurrection of Christ draw near to us in
this sacrament. The bread is broken--there Christ dies; we receive
it as Christ alive--there is his resurrection. It is the typical
expression of divine power to make something from nothing. God has
made the world where no world was, and God makes life out of death.
Such is the God with whom we have to do. We do not come to God for
a little help, a little support to our own good intentions. We come
to him for resurrection. God will not be asked for a little, he will
be asked for all. We reckon ourselves dead, says St. Paul, that we
may ask God for a resurrection, not of ourselves, but of Christ in us.