April 13: Lord’s Supper
26Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Our Lord’s last supper with his disciples – which lies at the very heart of our life as a Christian community. When Christians gather at the Lord’s Table to break bread together, that is when the church is most nearly what it ought to be, that is when the oneness of the people of God is most evident, that is when worship within the community of faith becomes most meaningful and real.
George Webber has written, “Whenever I have been inspired and caught up by a sense that some genuine renewal was taking place in the church, it is a fact that Holy Communion was a very central act of that community.” He goes on to say, “Communion…is an expression of the reality of our life together, through which we are caught up again into the power of God in Christ.”
In this holy season, O Lord, may we be caught up again into your love and power and strength, and may our times of worship truly express the reality of our life together in Christ’s body, the church. Amen.