We live in a culture of consumption. We love to eat and drink together, not only food and spirits but also experiences.  These opportunities to connect with others on intimate and sacramental levels bond people together. Jesus knew this better than anyone when, at the Last Supper, he asked us to remember him when we broke the bread and shared the cup. However, when open ourselves to this intimacy, we also open ourselves to a totality of experiences, some not so pleasant. By drinking of the chalice of Jesus’ blood, we are essentially saying that we are willing to be ravished by the Pascal Mystery of suffering, death and resurrection, just as he was. We are saying we are willing to lay down our lives for the sake of others. Such immensity is often lost on us as we greedily gulp and consume without pondering the real invitation which Jesus so willingly extends.