Friday, April 22, 2011

Do This In Remembrance of Me

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."

I find it fascinating the company that Jesus kept. Not only do we see Jesus eating with tax collectors, hanging out with prostitutes, and even engaging in secret meetings with Pharisees; but here, in the upper room, we see Jesus reclining at the table and breaking bread with some of his followers.

This meal was sacred, in fact, every meal was viewed as sacred. This is one reason it was considered so scandalous when Jesus shared a meal with "sinners", because it was much more than a mere meal, it was closer to a sociological statement.

It seems that everyone is welcomed at the table with Jesus.

The Passover meal says so much about Jesus. Just look who was at the table with him.

Not only is Jesus still eating with tax collectors, but he is also eating with violent zealots (insurrectionist). This is significant because these two groups were brought up to hate each other. In fact, a zealot was suppose to kill at least one Roman Soldier and one tax collector in his life time (tax collectors were viewed as traitors).

And yet here are representatives from both camps eating at the same table, breaking bread together, and having their feet washed together.

Is this not how it should be? If zealots and tax collectors can share a meal, then why cant we? Why do we put such strict stipulations on who is allowed to sit at the table with Jesus, and why can't we, as believers, all put our theological differences behind us every-once in a while in order to come together as the unified body of Christ?

Jesus even shared this sacred meal with the very one who would betray him, in fact, Jesus is the one who served Judas the bread and the wine.

We can all come to the table because we all have one thing in common, and that is the blood spilled and the body broken... I think we can all agree on that... And therefore we have all things in common.

And then there is the command to "do this in remembrance of me."

Is Jesus merely talking about having a ceremonial meal in his memory, or is Jesus showing us how we are to live everyday, Broken and poured out for one another?

And this is the beauty of this meal we call the Eucharist, it's message is messy, inclusive, and evokes transformation. It centers us, unites us, and calls us to a life of sacrificial love.

It seems that only certain people EVERYONE is welcomed at the table.

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