“When people come forward to receive Jesus in the bread and the wine at the altar the priest does not sort people into sheep and goats, there is no refusing on the basis of not liking the look of someone. Those who hold out their hands receive. Can we take away with us from the altar that way of looking at one another? A way of looking which sees people (including ourselves) not in terms of degrees of goodness, but as children, children who need to be strengthened, children who need God’s help, in the Eucharist and in everyday life, but children who are also unutterably beautiful, unutterably loved?”

from Mike Harrison, ‘Spiritual Seductions and Spiritual Sustenance’ in Malcolm Torry (ed) The Parish. Canterbury Press, 2004

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