Scripture: Luke 22: 14-23
Key verses: (19-20) Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
Reflection: Taco Tuesday is now a tradition during Vacation Bible School. The youth are volunteering this week with the children. They love serving, love the children and love spending time with each other. VBS is a place of acceptance, support and encouragement where youth can share the good news without fear. Why not celebrate all of that! Yesterday, they celebrated by going out to Moe’s. Taco Tuesday is not just eating Mexican, it is a ritual celebrating the community living out their faith.
Eating is an important part of our lives. Major celebrations of our lives include special food: wedding receptions, Thanksgiving, birthdays, Fourth of July and even Taco Tuesday. The mutual joy we find in community is celebrated with a feast. If we are celebrating, we are eating and forging a bond that holds us together.
The Lord’s Supper is a primary example of the bonding power of food. It seems that in Jesus’ mind the supper had significance that went beyond the Passover meal that was normally shared. It was a symbol of the coming kingdom of God, a feast that celebrated the unity found at the table with the Lord as host. Each time they shared in this meal they would find renewal and hope. We celebrate but we also remember.
The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of present hope and future restoration. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: God, may my ordinary meals become holy. In sharing a meal today, guide me to reach out in hospitality, reduce hostility and strengthen my family. Help me and those around me to catch a glimpse of the Kingdom of God as we break bread. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Author: Michele Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].