by Connor Aasen
If you ever look up the definition of communion in the dictionary, the first definition is “an act or instance of sharing.” I thought back to everything I have learned about communion, and all of it has been about sharing. Not about being a Christian tradition (although it is), but rather about sharing. When you are receiving the wafer in your hands next time communion is served, listen to what the servers say. “This is the body, given for you.” And then, “This is the blood, shed for you.” When Jesus was at the last supper with his disciples, it was almost like the passing of a toy from child to child: sharing. From a very young age, parents instill sharing in their children, and communion is the same way. From the time we start our church life, we are taught, however directly or indirectly stated, that communion is about sharing between Jesus and us.
During Lent 2011, we are encouraging the St. Philip the Deacon community to reflect on the Sacrament of Holy Communion — recalling early memories, describing memorable celebrations of Communion, or reflecting on how Communion informs daily life. This post is part of that series. We invite your reflections about Communion, as well. If you would like to submit something for this series, please send it to Pastor Cheryl Mathison at firstname.lastname@example.org.