Thursday, May 4, 2017

1 Corinthians 11:23-29

23For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." 25In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
27Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. 28Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves.

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

Reflection

This is my body. This is my blood. This is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

From time to time someone asks me to explain how a plain, regular loaf of bread can be the body of Christ, how a cup of wine can be his blood. Theologians have thought about this for centuries and formed several schools of thought to explain the sacrament of Holy Communion. They usually find big words with lots of syllables to talk about the Body and Blood of Christ.

I'm not such a profound thinker. When Jesus gives us his very own body and blood in the bread and wine, it is a mystery. We are invited into the sacred space around the table of the Lord. We believe that Jesus comes to us in this sacrament, even if we cannot understand or explain it.

For me, the hardest part to believe and grasp is not about the bread and wine becoming the Body and Blood of Christ. It is almost unimaginable that this sacrament is FOR ME - a very undeserving person. It is because of his great love for humankind that Christ gives himself to us in the bread and person. That part is not a mystery. Thanks be to God.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, may we know your presence in the bread and wine, your Body and Blood, as we gather in community at your holy table. Amen.

 

Written by  

Pastor Pam Mitcham

Pastor of Community Care

pmitcham@stjohns-springfield.org