Tuesday, March 31, 2015

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it, he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.” Mark 14: 22-24

Growing up in the church, children wonder, “When can we have bread?” It a mysterious part of the service that they watch all of the older children and grownups receive until they are old enough to understand. First Communion is celebrated as a step towards becoming an adult in the congregation.

We know Jesus sacrificed himself for us and the Eucharist is something that we share just like his disciples did so long ago. It is something special, a means of grace, and all of our sins are forgiven because of Jesus. Through the years, we hear the words countless times and they become ingrained in our being. We take the sacrament humbly, reminded that our Savior gave his body and blood so that we could be forgiven.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we give thanks for your sacrifice for our sins. May each time we take the body and blood of the covenant be as special as the first time it was received. In your Name we pray.  Amen.

Emily Boward

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