Pondering for Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of Proper 22 Year 1

AM Psalm [120], 121, 122, 123; PM Psalm 124, 125, 126, [127] 2 Kings 22:1-13; 1 Cor. 11:2,17-22; Matt. 9:1-8

“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.” (1st Corinthians 11: 23-24)

While all the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) report the Lord’s Supper, the actual words we use are found in this above passage in 1st Corinthians.  The words are given within the context of an admonishment rather than as a narrative as with the Gospel.  This meal is serious.  It is the one way Jesus asks us to remember him.

This is why I switched from wearing a cross to wearing emblems of Holy Communion. The cross was the Roman death tool of that day. And yet, we have chosen to wear it as a remembrance of Jesus.  But Jesus himself asked us to remember him in the bread and wine, the Body and Blood given for our salvation.  Thank you Jesus.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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