A little more from Marshall McLuhan. He was deeply concerned about life under what he called, "electronic conditions." He explored what it meant that we now traveled at the speed of electricity. McLuhan was the one who coined the term "global village"...not as a celebration but as a concern. What happens when we can be everywhere in touch with everyone at any time? Something essential to being an individual in community is lost. In his biography of McLuhan, W. Terrence Gordon writes, "The effect of electronic technology that most troubled McLuhan personally, because of its implications for Christianity, was the loss of the physical body." (Keep in mind that McLuhan was writing in the 50's and 60's, long before the internet was even conceived.)
It was McLuhan's practice to attend noon Mass every day. Gordon writes, "Like community and communication, communion was a focus of McLuhan's life." For McLuhan, the Church and its Sacraments were essential to a lived lived well under the conditions of electronic communication. For it was there that we would develop the awareness of the self through the practice of community.
I think McLuhan was on to something big...big enough to move him to daily Mass.
Let's gather at the Table tomorrow, break bread together, recover our life centered in time and space--in relation to each other and the presence of God.