AT one time the Christian priest used to stand on the
further side of the table, as though setting forth Christ to the people;
now he stands on this side, as leading the people in offering Christ to
God. Both positions are right, and we do not know which to choose.
For when Christ gave away the bread and the cup, he put his body and his
blood at the entire disposal both of his Father and of his friends.
Such is the sacrifice of Christ, and such is our sacrifice, for Christ
joins us in his. What use will God make of us, what use can we be
to one another? As we give ourselves away to God, we give ourselves
away to our friends. Our adoration is owed to God, our prayer to