Thought for the Week: Communion

Bible reading:
God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!” (Luke 4:18)

Next week our students will be taking part in acts of worship on communion as we look forward to our next student communion service. The last service was well attended, the students were fantastic and the atmosphere was amazing. Communion is a regular occurrence within Christian communities, remembering Jesus Christ and the underlying hope that is the foundation for Christian life; this idea of resurrection – new life after death.  But there’s more to it than just looking forward to the end of life, reflecting on the life of Jesus we see the hope he brought to people while they were still alive. By healing their physical ailments Jesus demonstrated that that his ‘good news’ could be a reality in this life too; out of hopeless situations there can come something new, out of pain and hurt can come healing and wholeness. Our dark nights of the soul can also be places of growth, and the inevitable reality that a ‘new day’ will follow the night. This I believe is the cycle within the cycle of life and is the momentum for our development and growth.

Prayer:
God of relationship, as we hear more about Holy Communion this week may we reflect on our connection with those around us, with nature and with ourselves. Although you God are a mystery, you revealed yourself through your son Jesus Christ; the infinite drew near and became intimately known by humanity. May we know that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves and may that bring us hope, life and love. Amen.

National Church of England Academy