1 Corinthians 11:23-26
“the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” vs. 23b-24
From the very beginning, followers of Jesus have gathered regularly for Holy Communion and used the same words remembered by Paul as he sent instructions to the Corinthians. What is said and done is the focal point of the worship service, and even has more significance than sermon or songs. This is the supreme moment of connection for believers, the opportunity to eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus. Naturally, theologians and church leaders have had countless debates and arguments about what happens in this sacred meal, and have sometimes made it a time of exclusion and separation. Of course there are no words that can adequately describe the mystery that is encountered here. How can we possibly understand how the real body of Christ can be present in a real piece of bread? Yet this is what we affirm and celebrate in every single mass…and our spiritual selves are fed. As we eat the bread and drink the wine, forgiveness becomes real for us once more and most of us breathe a profound prayer of thanksgiving. It’s not just a matter of hearing the word of hope, in this meal our sensual selves are overwhelmed by the taste, smell, and texture of Christ’s incarnate real presence, and we are so satisfied. It’s the best meal ever!
Thought for the Day: What are my thoughts as I taste the bread and wine?