Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-34
Key verses: (23-26) 23For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, 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.
Reflection: Jesus had a way of taking very ordinary elements and turning them into something with a deeper meaning. He did this in his teaching, when he pointed to sheep and shepherds, a woman with two small coins, or a fig tree, and used them to teach about the kingdom of God. He also did it when he gave his disciples instructions about how to remember him when he was gone. Bread. Wine. Simple elements. But Jesus infused them with meaning and power. They mean more than they seem at first glance.
I wonder what the simple things are in your life that have more meaning than you’d think, at first glance? A picture? A special piece of art? A memento from a particular place or time or event? What is it that makes it meaningful? I’m guessing it’s not its complexity. Or its monetary value. Or even its intrinsic beauty. What makes things have meaning to us are the people and relationships and the love behind them. That was true when Jesus gave us a meal. Where is the truth for you in that today?
Prayer: Lord, you turned simple things into powerful expressions of your love. Today I give you thanks for the simple things that remind me of love. Thank you for the people I love, and those who love me. Help me treasure them. In your holy name I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[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].