In his big little book, Fruit of Lips or Why Four Gospels, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy made a late-in-life-and-career statement about the four Gospels. He spoke about Matthew’s impolite (so Official Israel took him to be) emphasis on blood sacrifice and salvation. The sacrifice Who dared to speak spoke and died as a demonstration of the Way of the Cross for all who were to follow Him. Most Christians miss the point, though, in practice. So, Rosenstock-Huessy writes (p. 71):
The whole expression of a Body of Christ,
With the head in heaven,
Meant exactly this,
That we who would crucify the Lord every day,
In our rage and envy and indifference,
Now, with our eyes opened once
For what we have done and are doing,
We, now, together with our Head,
Step on the side of the silent victims
And offer ourselves to our Maker
So that he can remake the sacrifice
As he pleases.
How else could ever a new inspiration
Befall us as a people
Unless we offer ourselves
As the body for this inspiration?
Time and again, man has to be ripped open
By the ploughshare of suffering
And open himself
Like a dry and desiccated earth
To dew and rain.
And ever since one man did this
Manifestly all alone by himself,
His congregations relieve the members
Of the total pressure of absolute loneliness.
In every generation, the group
Which may be remodeled,
May increase, until the whole of mankind
Will be allowed to fall silent
And to cleanse themselves
From the chatter and clatter of the day,
And to listen to the spirit,
Table fellowship, the sharing of a meal together, gained a new depth of meaning and purpose, far beyond what men had practiced from the beginnings of society. E-H explains this more fully in his meditations on the Gospel according to Matthew.