You probably noticed the familiar language that we hear as we prepare for Holy Communion in our church services. It is helpful to remember that Jesus gave us this “ritual” to celebrate and remember him. What we might not always remember is that in the early church, when followers met together, this remembrance was not set apart in a worship service but was most likely an actual meal shared between believers in a home. The wine and bread were there, but so also might have been other food.
Paul continues to counsel the new church, and here he is clearly rebuking them for their disunity. He was troubled by the way the believers were acting in relation to each other, and how they were distorting the beauty and meaning of the Lord’s Supper remembrance. He wanted them to understand the true meaning of this.
It’s helpful for us today to reflect on Paul’s counsel. How often do we just go through the motions? We know what’s coming, we’ve heard it all before. Do our hearts lack the devotion and reverence in the moment to truly receive the gift of the Lord’s Supper? Are we truly experiencing a moment with Jesus as his body is broken and he sheds his blood? Think about the last time you had communion. Were your thoughts free or did you bring some baggage, some worry, some distraction that kept you from truly experiencing Jesus’ presence?
This remembrance was instituted by our Lord for us. It should be an honor to receive this blessed sacrament. We should never forget that Jesus shed his blood for us, only hours after he shared his last meal. We need to come to his table with a clean and open heart. May we boldly proclaim his victory and wait with expectation for his return.
Let’s pray. Heavenly Father – thank you for sending your son to show me how you want me to live. May I have a heart of a servant and be all-in to serve you. Forgive me for the times that I am distracted. I look forward to receiving your sacrament again so that I can truly be focused on you and your great gift. In Jesus’ name. Amen.