|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 24, 2021 at 12:05 AM|
You may have seen in the news recently that Joe Biden’s presidency has revived discussion among American Roman Catholics about whether Catholic political leaders should be excluded from receiving Holy Communion for their views on abortion. I call your attention to this not to make a statement about politics or Catholicism, but as a way of highlighting what I think is one of the great gifts that we share as Episcopalians: an expansive and inclusive view of Communion.
In the Episcopal Church all baptized Christians are invited and welcome to receive Communion, regardless of their religious affiliation, political views, theological perspectives, etc. This reflects our belief that God’s love is freely given, not something that has to be earned, nor that depends upon one’s views on certain socio-political or theological issues. Once one has been baptized, there are no litmus tests for whether one is worthy to receive the sacraments in the Episcopal Church. ALL are welcome to receive!
It is all too easy for us to take this for granted. Perhaps this is one of the helpful reminders of the pandemic. Given the long sacramental hiatus that we were all forced to endure, I for one have gained a new appreciation for the weekly opportunity to gather in person around the altar, extend our hands, and receive the tremendous gift of God’s unconditional love in Holy Communion. I hope you have as well.
Yours in Christ,