Maundy Thursday – I Corinthians 10:16-17

16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

I had the privilege of being present while Christ reconciled to old enemies once. They had had been fast friends many years before. Then, they fought, and enmity divided them. It was bitter and hard. Now they were old men, and it was time to reconcile. We spoke together of Christ, his blood, his work, his peace, and forgiveness. I had a sense in that room that we were in the presence of God as we had that conversation.

The next Sunday the one came back to church for the first time in years. As he walked up to the altar he was joined by his former friend, former enemy, newly reconciled brother in Christ. Together, in that tiny little church, they knelt on knees which would not be able to do that much longer. They put out their hands and I put the body of Christ into them, the same body into each hand. They ate. They were united in fact.

Nearly 2000 years ago Jesus instituted this meal on this night, the night in which he was betrayed. He died to reconcile old men who fight sometimes. He died to reconcile all of us. He died to make us one body, His body. There is much to be said about this meal. People have written whole books about the Lord’s Supper and its meaning. I have read some of them. I am better for it. But in these days of division and partisanship, in days of polarization and strife, God’s people need to hear what this bit of I Corinthians says to us and to believe it. We who are many, different and sometimes hard to get along with, we are one body, for we partake of the one bread that is a participation in the body of Christ.

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