Palm Sunday, this last Sunday, is a time for reflection on Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of Holy Week and the last days of the Lenten Season. We are now approaching the end of Holy Week and our arrival at Easter Sunday.
During Lent, our congregation celebrates the Last Supper or Communion every Sunday. Our usual tradition is to partake of Communion the second Sunday of each month. Some traditions practice Communion every Sunday all year, others once a month, some every other month. There are as many and varied ways of honoring this symbolic sharing of Christ’s Last Supper as there are denominations and modes of faith practices.
For me, the most important part of Communion is the remembering …
… remembering why God gave His only Son in this way
… remembering why Christ died on the cross and shed His blood
… remembering why we symbolically partake of Christ’s body and blood
… remembering what I am giving in exchange for the life I have been given
… remembering I am to spread His Word abroad
… and I am hopeful you can add to this list.
It was not for nothing that God chose to give up His only Son. God was giving us the gift of forgiveness and eternal life through His Son’s death and resurrection. Truthfully, I have only one child, a son, and despite how often he irritates me, I cannot imagine giving him up and watching him die.
It was not for nothing that Christ died on the cross shedding His blood for you and me. His precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life in Him as long as we confess our sins and walk with Him.
It is not for nothing that we symbolically partake of Christ’s body and blood. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (CEB), Paul relates the Last Supper with Jesus’ disciples:
… He took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.”
After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and said, “This is my blood, and with it God makes his new agreement with you. Drink this and remember me.”
We partake because Jesus instructed us to do so to remember Him.
And what am I giving in exchange for this life I have been given? I am to give myself wholly to a walk of Christian faith, to witness and live so that others may see Jesus in me.
And am I spreading His Word abroad? I try, I honestly try. Wherever I go, I want to let others know I believe, that I am a Christian, and so I carefully think about my words and my actions wanting to show the best He has given me. Abroad is a hard one to manage living as I do in the U.S. and rarely travelling outside the state of Oregon. But with this blog and in connecting with others, I do pray it happens.
Most importantly out of all these things, I believe it is the instruction to “remember me” that we are called to bear witness to.
Required to remember so many things in this busy world–business appointments, doctors’ appointments, kids’ after school activities, where to be when, where you put your keys or cell phone and more–we often forget to remember Him in the middle of our daily activities. But it is what we are to do.
The week between Palm Sunday and Easter is considered by many religions to be Holy Week. During this week, many observers re-enact, duplicate, or otherwise repeat some of the acts of Jesus between the of his entrance into Jerusalem and his crucifixion and resurrection. It is this journey we draw close to during Holy Week.
Remembering the path he walked … and why.
And as we approach this holy time near the end of Lent, are you remembering? Are you able to add to my list above?
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We observed the Lord’s Supper last evening at our Wednesday night’s service. The fact that I spilled some grape juice on my slacks did not interfere with my appreciation of this holy sacrament ~ at least, not much!
Can’t wait until the Writing Studio is complete and we can see photos! 🙂
Happy Easter to you and Bob!
We have a rather new pastor who has brought change with him to our congregation. Our Holy Week services have changed drastically and we’re not entirely comfortable with them. We’ve been reading the Scriptures at home and attending reguarly on Sundays but didn’t take part in any services during the week. I always receive a sense of renewal with each observation of the Lord’s Supper.
The Writing Studio is beginning to take final shape. We’ve been slowed by the death of Bob’s sister and still have a memorial service to get through in April. She was 93 but a vital part of the Meyer clan as the oldest of the six siblings. Now there are only three of them left. It’s been a sad time for Bob being the youngest and watching his siblings pass on. Health hasn’t helped me finish up my part of the studio either. It seems this last surgery really took my energy and stamina. But photos will be coming soon–I promise!
Happy Easter and blessings to you and Cliff!
Dear Sherrey, In my Catholic tradition, the Eucharist or communion is the focal point of every Mass, daily and weekend; the Living Body and Blood of the risen Christ. But Holy Week is a special time of reflection as you so eloquently describe where we ponder the true meaning of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us. To me it is the most sacred of Church Holy Days. Wishing you and Bob a blessed and happy Easter!
Dear Kathy, as I mention in my comment below to Marian, much has changed in our church since the arrival of a new pastor. Holy Week services have changed, and I miss the old ways. Am I growing stodgy about change? Maybe. And perhaps that’s why I wrote this post. I wanted to focus on that time of reflection found as we near Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Christ’s love for us and his sacrifice are immeasurable gifts. Truly sacred and divine. Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter and sending many blessings your way.
Sherrey, our church had a Seder meal last week. My first time to participate. Sure makes us stop and reflect on what Christ did for us. Wishing you a blessed Easter.
Joan, that’s one of the things I’m missing–the Seder meal. We have always done that and now it’s turned into a potluck. No comparison! Need to stop and reflect as you said. Sending you Easter blessings!
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