Here’s a thought I was mulling over tonight:
The basic shape of Christian liturgy (Gathering, Word, Sacrament, Sending) has remained remarkably unchanged for over twenty centuries and a multitude of cultures. The question is this:
Does this persistence of Christian liturgy represent a failure of contextualization on the church’s part, or does it point to a universality inherent in the shape of the liturgy itself?
I have some thoughts on this, but I wanted to see what you all think first.