June 13, 2021

Come and Remember: A Meditation for Communion

december 2014-1By Jackie Knapp

In his last meal with his disciples, Jesus gave them bread and wine and told them that whenever they gathered for this meal again, they were to eat it to remember him (Luke 22:17-20). This became known as the Lord’s Supper, also called communion. Thousands of years later, we still come and eat this meal. We come and remember.Why do we need something tangible, a physical act to help us remember Jesus? When it comes right down to it, we are forgetful little beings. We have spiritual amnesia, making choices every day that do not reflect who we were created to be, or what we were saved from. Jesus knew we would need something to help shake us out of our self-absorption, something to help snap us back to sanity. Communion is a reminder that so often, we choose to serve ourselves and to forget our God. Yet Jesus chose to serve us and to forget himself.

I’ve been trying to practice this remembering, hoping that the chewing and the swallowing will sink into my heart and mind, that I will not so easily forget my God, and that I will remember what Jesus gave us. I need to remember that because he gave himself, I have the freedom I crave, the security I chase after, and the grace I so desperately need. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5).

As we come to the table this week, may we think about this great love. May we come in this spirit. May we remember:

Come as you are, without pretense or mask

Come in freedom, the chains of yourself broken

Come in need, willing to ask for help

Come in grace, alive with this immense gift

Come at rest, ceasing from your endless activities

Come in acceptance, believing that you belong

Come in hope, that these present sufferings will be a distant memory

Come in faith, that he is writing your story into his story

Come in the name of Jesus, thankful for new life pulsing in your body, thankful for the chance to start again.

Come and remember.


One thought on “Come and Remember: A Meditation for Communion

  1. The United Methodists make it very clear each time that this is the Lord’s Table, and all are welcome to take coiumnmon. I guess I see it as a moment of deep remembrance of Jesus in a frightening and courageous time. We’re remembering Jesus and his teachings, and remembering his wish to be remembered through this particular ceremony, and reaffirming our relationships with him. The pastors recite the Last Supper story each time. “Do this in remembrance of me.” As far as I know, UMCers don’t think they’re eating the actual flesh of Christ.-SECP

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