Scripture: Mark 14:12-26
Key verses: (22-25) 22 While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Reflection: It is in communion that we get a glimpse of the kingdom of God: The people of God have gathered, they stand before Christ, mutually forgiving and forgiven, they listen as God speaks to them, and they are fed from God’s own table with the body of Christ. It is the Lord’s Supper and for a moment, heaven and earth meet.
The fundamental language was about a kingdom and Christ’s kingship, not a king. Everything is communal. Christ’s reign, his mercy and justice, was the foundation with which the Christian community found life and hope. Together. Every time we share in the communion meal, we get that glimpse of this kingdom and the potential for peace. May the kingdom be realized in our midst as we are united by the spirit and together may we call the whole world into divine peace.
Prayer: Let us live in the kingdom of God. Amen.
Author: Michelle 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].