World-Wide Communion

Calvin Malefyt

READ : 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

With Christians around the world we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, remembering Jesus’ last meal with His disciples before His crucifixion.

The broken bread, made up of many grains crushed and ground together, symbolizes our oneness with Christ and others in His death. The crushed grapes symbolize our cleansing and healing from the guilt and wounds of sin.

Paul emphasized that we are bound together in communion and community. He asks, Is it not “sharing” (koinonia) in the blood of Christ? Is not our “participation” (koinonia) in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16).

In Corinth believers did something unthinkable: they refused to worship together. The rich celebrated by themselves, eating and drinking unworthily, for the poor were excluded. We partake unworthily when we fail to discern that the poor, the weak, the sick who belong to Jesus belong also to us; we must share our prayers, our gifts, our graces with them. We are disqualified if we fail to embrace all in His Body. Paul admonishes that “we are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.”

PRAYER

Jesus, our Advocate, we lift our hearts to You. Through the working of Your Spirit, nourish and heal our souls and bodies as we remember Your atoning sacrifice. We pray for our brothers and sisters around the world. In Your grace meet their spiritual, phy