A Reflection for the 1st Sunday after Trinity
Last Thursday was the Feast of Corpus Christi (literally, the feast of the Body of Christ) – or to give it its more modern title, “The day of thanksgiving for the institution of Holy Communion”.
Holy Communion / Eucharist / The Mass / The Lord’s Supper – whatever you choose to call it, is the most important event that Christians can do together. Of course, we have a wide variety of acts of worship and our experts in liturgy are all the time coming up with new ways to be a worshipping community. But the Holy Communion is the only one that Jesus himself instructed his followers to carry out.
At the Passover meal he shared with his friends he took bread, broke it and shared in amongst his disciples with the words “This is my body, do this in memory of me” After supper, he took the cup and shared it with his friends, with the same words, “This is my blood, do this in memory of me”.
Whenever we share that simple meal, we are reminded that Jesus is with us and is feeding us with his very self.
Sharing food and drink is a basic human activity. Think of the soap operas on the television. All of them (I think) include activities which take place in a pub or café – The Queen Vic on Eastenders, The Rovers Return on Coronation, Street, The Woolpack on Emmerdale and the Australian Soaps have coffee shops. And it’s in those places where much of the drama takes place. As the saying goes, “all human life is there!”.
The past eighteen months or so have been really hard for the hospitality trade and people have been excited at the prospect of them re-opening. Its not as though we can’t get food and drink from other places. Our supermarkets at full to the brim of food and drink. But taking it home of consume is not the same as being with others.
When our churches were “locked down” we could watch services on the television and on youtube. And very welcomed they were too and they served a purpose. But it’s not the same as being together as the body of Christ.
During our services we say, “though we are many, we are one body because we all share in the one bread.” We can be part of the body of Christ where ever we are. But when we are together, we truly feel that we are “one body”.
I look forward to the day when we all feel safe at coming together to share bread and wine – without the need for face masks!