And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying,
“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
(Luke 22:17, NIV)
“I want some!” the little boy insisted as he pushed his way through the communion line. His mother tried to hold him back and encouraged him to wait his turn. But he twisted out of her hold and rushed forward, bumping into the lady in front of him. He disrupted our normal and sometimes ho-hum communion experience. Each week we bow our heads and consider Christ’s sacrifice for us – “for me” momentarily. But seeing three year old Luke Morris excited about communion shook up my half-hearted, lackadaisical ritual.
Snatching the bread out of my hand, his eyes flashed with delight as if he had waited his whole life for it. Hardly able to hold back from eating it then and there, he allowed his mother to guide his little hand to dip the morsel in the communion cup. Stuffing it in his mouth, he smiled and hummed “M-m-m good.” He looked up at me waving his fingers whispering, “More please.” “That’s all honey,” said his mother and they moved away.
I regret that I didn’t slip another piece of bread in young Luke’s hand. I’m not sure if that would be the correct theological response, but I am sure I had just witnessed someone ready to eat like it was his last supper. He actually had an intense desire to feast on the body of Christ – something I sometimes neglect to do. I wonder if we couldn’t all stand for a little more of Luke’s hunger and desperation at communion – “More please.” Maybe, he’s the one who has it right?
The first Sunday of this month, October 6, we will celebrate World Communion. With the arrival of the church of Jesus Christ a new age has dawned. It doesn’t matter what part of the world we’re from, because from God’s perspective there are no political, ethnic, cultural or national boundaries. From God’s perspective we are One people, the People of God!
I want to personally invite you to bring someone from “your world” and join the people of Princeton as we share in Holy Communion with people all over the world.
Prayer: Triune God, you call us into community. Yet so often we fail to invite others into community with us. Help us to hunger more for Christ as we work together to build your kingdom in our world, through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
In His Word,
Reverend Dee Dee