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July 28

Luke 22, 19 - 20

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

Jesus gave his disciples, and us, an amazing way of understanding the terrifyingly strange thing that was about to happen to him. He gave them, and us, something to do.

As the saying goes, “I hear, I forget. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.” What was even more special was the thing he gave us to do was to eat and drink together.

Somehow the profound depths of Christ’s sacrificial suffering and death have been wrapped up in the simplest of foods. Somehow, the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion has been communicated throughout two millennia by the sharing of bread and wine.

Somehow the presence of the almighty and eternal God is made present week by week in two inconsequential mouthfuls.

And yet, because worshippers come to this meal in worship, once fed, they go out together to love and serve the Lord again.

Something to do

Take the prayer below and pray it before your evening meal today.

Something to pray

Loving Father, we thank you for this food,
And for all your blessings to us.
Lord Jesus, come and be our guest,
And take your place at this table.
Holy Spirit, as this food feeds our bodies,
So we pray you would nourish our souls.
Amen.

Today’s contributor is David Muir, Christian Aid’s Senior Regional Co-ordinator for its South East region

 

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