Scripture: 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.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-24
Meditation: There are a few different pieces here and perhaps some insight into what was happening at what we have come to call the last supper. First of all this message or story is passed on to us by Paul who had heard the story passed down orally. He isn’t a first-hand witness but realizes the importance of this event. The second piece is that Jesus, at this meal, realizes that his time is very short! Perhaps we can see his concern that all that he has said and done may be lost with time. We live in such a different world that we might not see this strikingly different world of Jesus’ ministry. There clearly is no internet, email or blog to leave behind, no books, photos, or reference materials are to be had. This scripture then starts with what has been “handed down” that Paul is choosing to record in print. So then what happened? Jesus had arrived on the scene and was a marvelous storyteller. People loved to hear him, but not everyone. In fact, for some he upset the apple cart! Jesus knew they were out to get him so he perhaps thought, how can I be sure the story goes on? Oral tales tend to change over time and so perhaps the solution is the simple object lesson of tying his story to the very food we eat.
When you break bread, then you need to think of me! The very bread you eat requires some effort by the sower, the farmer and the baker. Remember what I did whenever you eat. More importantly remember what I told you and showed you, as it is how you should live.
Prayer: Help us to remember Jesus in all we do. Help us to do as he told us to do, even if it is only to love our neighbor! Amen.