Do This

Do This

November 01, 2018

One of the things I most look forward to each week is our Wednesday eucharist.  There are lots of reasons why this is the case.  First, it’s a chance to gather.  I love observing our students check in with each other, share their new favorite meme, bitch about a group assignment, and greet each other with hugs as though it’s been months since they’ve seen one another.  Second, I really enjoy our reflection/homily time.  It fascinates me hearing what the Spirit is speaking to and through them.  My favorite part though is always when we give communion to one another. 

Instead of walking around our semi-circle and distributing our holy feast to each student I had it off and they feed one another.  Sometimes they’ll forget their line, sometimes they’ll giggle at the awkward moment when it’s their turn to offer the chalice to their neighbor even though they still have a mouth full of bread, and sometimes you can see a contented sigh of gratitude, for either warm bread or the comfort of being together.

I think this is what Jesus is talking about when He says, “do this in remembrance of me.”  It’s a time to bring all our stuff to the table and leave it there, confident in the fact that through simple things like bread and wine we are reminded of a far more important truth that brings us together.  That moment when we are offering Christ’s body and blood to a friend we are bound together despite our stress, our grades, the projects and tests looming on the horizon, our tiredness, even our grief.  We are strengthened by the One who is present in our midst, not only in bread and wine, but hugs, laughter, and our tears. 


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