together at home
a weekly practice of scripture, reflection, questions and prayer
Gather the cup, the plate and the bowl, and set them before you as you consider the following:
For 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, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In 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.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Jesus says these elements are his body and blood and we must consume them to share his life. He must become part of us, literally and physically as well as spiritually… This table is a place of welcome and transformation. It is this transformation that equips us to survive the evils of the world and to do more than just survive them, transform the world that has spawned them to the image of the reign of God. We have all the strength we need in God no matter how often we commune. The Eucharist [another name for Communion] does not wear off. But coming to the table regularly reminds of who it is that empowers us. The same Jesus whom the grave could not hold stands with us and within us when we stand up to bigotry and hatred. The same Jesus who started throwing furniture in the temple when God’s house was polluted stands with us when we stand against the abuse of God’s children… Christ within us empowers us to do his work in the world. And we are reminded of that every time we receive the bread of life and cup of salvation. The elements are transformed and we who consume them are transformed by Christ’s very presence working in us.
- from “This Is My Body: The Womb of God”
by The Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.; Biblical Scholar, Seminary Professor, Episcopal Priest
1. Where do you see Jesus doing transformation work in your own life?
What do you see changing within you because of the life you share in Christ?
2. What do you think Christ is empowering you to do in the world in the name of God?
What is God calling you to that would be a part of the reign of God?
God, You give us the bread and the cup, your body and blood, so that we may share life with you. By your Spirit, may we be transformed to survive the evils of this world, and empowered to do your work to participate in the reign of God. Amen.
Activity Suggestions for Young Ones
- Coloring page below.
- Using the plate and cup that are set before you, enjoy a snack of bread/crackers and any kind of juice.
You can even dip the bread/crackers into the cup, and share it with the family.
Featured Artwork: The Lord’s Supper, by KC of BlackJesusArt