Scripture: Luke 22:14-30
Key verses: (14-20) When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19Then 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.” 20And 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: Communion has many names: Eucharist and The Lord’s Supper are among many. The ceremony of eating together is one of the longest standing sacraments in Christian history. Sharing meals together with friends, family, and co-workers this Advent season is one of the many ways we create and deepen relationships.
Jesus ate together with his disciples, the people, and the outcasts over and over and over again. He crossed social boundaries by breaking bread and sharing the cup with tax collectors and sinners. He broke customs and traditions by fellow-shipping with people unwelcome in the local community. When we share in the Lord’s Supper, we welcome all to the table, tax collectors and sinners alike.
As I have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, meals with many people I know, I think about all whom I could be sharing a meal with: a friend of a friend, a stranger, or a sinner, just like me. I wonder, as we eat and drink around our tables, who are we welcoming to our tables, and who could we be welcoming to our tables?
Prayer: O Lord, we are grateful for the gift of Communion. May it continue to strengthen us as we strive to be more like you. Encourage us to truly welcome all to our tables this Advent season. In your name, our Savior, we pray. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[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].