“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b)
In the dictionary there are two meanings for the word communion; 1) the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially on a mental or spiritual level, and 2) a Christian ceremony based on Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. For Christians this sacred ceremony provides space to remember how the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ offer hope and the promise of being united with God in this life and in the life after death. But how does that affect the everyday life of a Christian? The space provided during this ceremony allows us to reflect our flaws whilst simultaneously realising that those flaws aren’t the things that define us. We don’t have to be shackled by any guilt or the shame that may be attached to those flaws, we can walk in freedom because of Jesus death. The resounding idea that emanates through this ceremony is this; ‘God is love, and love goes out of its way to seek out those who feel estranged, unworthy, cast out and comforts them, restores them to the family and assures them that they are accepted as they are.’ This is the intimate communion/relationship with God that is symbolised and realised through this ceremony and has had a profound effect on the life of every Christian through history.
God of all creation, as we reflect on the meaning of communion this week may we come to understand that at its heart, it’s about your love, your willingness to become a vulnerable baby and walk alongside us through life and your willingness to challenge unjust power structures regardless of the threat to yourself. Help us to be a community that champions the cause of the powerless and the overlooked. In Jesus name, Amen.