Esther 1:1-3:15; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Psalm 35:17-28; Proverbs 21:19-20
The Lord’s Supper
This morning our passage in Corinthians reminds us of just how serious an occasion the Lord’s Supper is in the life of a Christian. Paul first addresses the issue of divisions among the church to state that they should not exist, especially when we consider what the Lord’s Supper is in the life of the church. It is a unifying sacrament that shows that we are one with Christ, have put aside our divisions and forgiven our debtors, and are reconciled with one another and our Savior as we partake of this most sacred supper.
Secondly, Paul addresses what happens when we don’t come to the table in such a way as mentioned above. He uses the word guilty to describe the church when the Lord’s Supper is taken in ill manner. Without examining our hearts and minds and being reconciled to Christ and each other we are “drinking judgment on ourselves.” Paul wants us to understand the seriousness of the sacrament that so binds us with him, other believers, and ultimately with Christ.
Whether you are in a tradition that celebrates Communion once a quarter, once a month, or every week, may we never take for granted the implications that it holds. Be reconciled so as to enjoy the fullness that comes through Communion with Christ.
The Rev. Wes Sharp
Holy Cross Episcopal Church