A priestly call goes forth: “Lift up your hearts.”
Our Answer: “We lift them up unto the Lord.”
Another call: “Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.”
Our Answer: “It is meet and right so to do.”
These quotes are from the Book of Common Prayer in the section on Holy Communion. I was led to them after reading about the Lord’s supper in Mark 14. I started thinking about Jesus.
There is a blood covenant in which we take part, and it was paid for by the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Christian Churches worldwide honor this act by the taking of the Eucharist or Communion. This is usually done by the ingestion of some form of bread and some form of wine, and the saying of a reverent prayer of thanks to God.
Is there more to it than that? Of course. The outward act should be a manifestation of what’s going on in our hearts: the giving of ourselves to God. While there is mystical power in the Eucharist, it only exists because God is involved. And since God is involved, we are impacted. We are compelled to answer Him.
Communion means intimacy with God. When we remember His love, we come close to Him. This is why some people died when they took the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy way. What Christ has done captures our very lives.
Whether we eat unleavened bread and wine or any other thing, Jesus has paid for our lives. He is our true sustenance. The one reason God came to earth was to get us! He deserves all our heart and all our praise. May we live and breathe in a manner worthy of His name. We will give everything.
“Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?”–1 Corinthians 9:7