Do This in Remembrance of Me
1 Corinthians 11:24-26
…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.
On this Maundy Thursday, let me suggest beginning in silence with these powerful and familiar words in front of you and pen and paper handy. Take a few moments to read them over a few times and then ask yourself, “What do these words mean to me? When did I last hear them?” (It might have been Christmas Eve, or the first Sunday in February, or a while ago.) Is there a particular word or phrase that jumps out at you? If so, take a few moments to ponder its meaning. What does this passage tell you about God? About Jesus? About being a part of a Christian community?
In the Lord’s Supper we remember the event that, more than any other, shaped the course of human history and identifies who we are as followers of Christ. In this holy meal we come to belong to Jesus in the most intimate way as we become what we receive and consume: the body of Christ. Here is God’s love and God’s grace at work in us and through us into the world. Here, we are bound together in love to one another and to the Lord. Here is Christ’s presence and sanctuary of love and forgiveness that transfigures our loneliness.
We are participating in the life-giving, forgiving death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. This “new covenant” unites us into a single body, just like the one loaf that is broken and shared among us. We are bound in a new agreement with the living Lord, an agreement which sets us apart as an eternal community. We look into one another’s faces and see joy and pain, worry and anticipation. And together we tell the story that unites us, beyond all our differences of faith and practice: we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Lord, help me to recognize my oneness with you and with all who surround me with love. Amen.