The ordinary hidden in the extraordinary

Month by month many attend a Service of Holy communion.  The Church...

is familiar and the Minister is familiar.  In fact one might say this is just an ordinary occasion.  Depending on age we have done this at least 500 times if we have attended Communion at least 10 times a year for 50 years.

The Last Supper on which our Holy Communion Service was based was not a Passover Meal, and as that was celebrated only once a year, the institution may not have continued.

What Jesus did was to take a regular fellowship meal and imbue this with new meaning.  Whilst this was Jesus' last supper with them - it did not mean the end of the chaburah, or fellowship.

The command "Do this" was not a command to do what was after all a common meal, which would happen anyway - but each time they met at that meal, the emphasis fell on the second half of the command "for the re-calling of me" (1 Corinthians 11:24-25).  The Crucifixion had no meaning on its own - the Romans crucified thousands - it is this "Last Supper" which gave meaning to the Cross.

We will recall in fellowship with our Risen Lord and each other his saving death.  As we meet in his name - he is with us; "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20.

This fellowship of disciples initiated by our Lord will meet to break bread for all time to come - to the end of the world.  With its risen Lord, it will meet "at all times and in all places to give thanks".

 In that fellowship meal, we are transported to join "with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven" to a gathering of the whole Church in time and eternity.

Hidden in the ordinary is the extraordinary.                                              Michael Foster, Rector

 

 

 

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