While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take and eat. This is my body.” He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many so that their sins may be forgiven. I tell you, I won’t drink wine again until that day when I drink it in a new way with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Food For Thought:
The Last Supper is quite familiar to many of us. We hear these words recited as part of the liturgy each time we experience Holy Communion as a church family. This ritual reminds us that we are bound to Jesus and the entire Christian community. It is a sustaining sacrament that nourishes us in our faith. The frequent hearing of these words, the consumption of this meal and the gathering around the table holds us in right relationship with God. It is where we receive mercy and forgiveness. It is where we are reminded that God’s grace is there for us in spite of our nature. We experience sustenance and commissioning for a mission to the world. The most lost among us are welcome. The most broken among us can be made whole. All are welcome at the table. You are welcome at God’s table. Take a seat! Be fed and filled up! If it’s been a while since you last came to the table, we hope you will join us in the chapel for weekly communion this Sunday at 10:30 am.
Jesus, thank you for this ritual. Thank you for this sacrament. Thank you for the grace you extended to your first disciples and the grace you have given me. I need to be reminded that I’m not too broken or too lost to meet you and my neighbors at the table. Forgive me for the ways I have distanced myself from you and my community. I’m ready to be drawn back in. I’m ready to meet you at the table again. Amen.