Schmemann

Man is a hungry being. But he is hungry for God. Behind all hunger of our life is God. All desire is finally a desire for Him…the unique position of man is that he alone is to bless God for the food and the life he receives from him. He alone is to respond to God’s blessing with his blessing…the only natural (and not “supernatural”) reaction of man, to whom God gave the blessed and sanctified world, is to bless God in return, to thank Him, to see the world as God sees it and – in this act of gratitude and adoration – to know, name, and possess the world…The first, the basic definition of man is that he is the priest. He stands in the center of the world and unifies it in his act of blessing God, of both receiving the world from God and offering it to God–and by filling the world with this eucharist, he transforms his life, the one that he receives from the world, into life in God, into communion with Him. The world was created as the “matter,” the material of one all-embracing eucharist, and man was created as the priest of this cosmic sacrament. (14-15)

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