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Day 9 – Issue 21

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Be Still Know

1 Corinthians 11:26 NLT

‘For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.’

One of the great challenges in life is discerning God in what might be termed ‘the heat of the battle’. As Jesus presides over the Last Supper, his life’s drama is rapidly racing towards its brutal end. Yet, here, ahead of his own prayerful hesitation in Gethsemane, he instructs his followers in what the Church has come to know as Communion or Eucharist, which means thanksgiving. It’s the point at which we discern the Lord’s body both in terms of the uniqueness of Jesus, the Christ, the chosen one, as well as the character of our interpersonal relationships and their harmonious nature. It’s why in formal liturgies the sharing of the Peace is ahead of receiving the bread and the wine.

This final act of Jesus invites us to reflect upon the centrality of Jesus to the Christian message. In a world in turmoil in whatever century we find ourselves, where news reporting primarily reflects the very worst expressions of human depravity and serves up a diet of fear over the future of our world, it might be time to pause and return to the Eucharist.

Here as we kneel or stand, receiving bread and wine as the body and blood of Jesus, we are reminded that despite impossible odds, Jesus has overcome the world. What’s more, Jesus will return.

In the repeated return to Communion, we remind ourselves and the powers that determine the mortal experiences and outcomes of our lives, that while they may assume they enjoy free reign, they are in fact subject to a greater authority. The bruised, battered and broken body of a man hanging upon a cross reveals the power of both Rome and the religious authority at that time. Yet, with hindsight, it demonstrates that the visible narrative may only contain a kernel of the truth. Bread and wine are produced only as their primary sources yield their ‘life’ to a process of refinement. So we are to acknowledge that our life, much like Jesus’, may have a purpose beyond the obvious.

QUESTION: How aligned is your life with God’s purposes?

PRAYER: Father God, give your people faith as we wait for your Son from heaven.

Written by: Matt Weet

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