“While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:26-27).
Today, on this Maundy Thursday, I invite you to be both a host and s servant. On this night Jesus drew his twelve together and broke bread. He partook in an intimate meal with friends, the meal he invites us to come into week by week. But on this night, he did not just partake in any old meal. He broke his body and his blood with his disciples and in doing so set the tradition of the Eucharist.
This meal does not just call us to just partake in service, we are required to change through service. As we enter into the communion we do so as a community, united. So as a community we can go out and extend his ministries to the wider world.
And it was on this night that Jesus shaped his ministry, giving us a model of ministry to take into the world. Wrapping a towel around his waste, he took the feet of the twelve, one by one, and washed their feet. This was not just a meal of bread and wine but it was a meal of service. It was a meal that would ultimately represent Christ broken on the Cross, a broken Saviour. A true servant.
Taking the Eucharist can mean more than just the forgiveness of sins, it can be a chance to heal, a chance to be welcomed when the outer world often rejects, a chance to be fed spiritually, a chance to be reconciled. We as a community this day have the chance to heal many broken hearts. To take the broken body of our Saviour into the world with a healing embrace. To show the world another way, the way of the servant. To wash feet no matter how far they have travelled or how dirty they have become.
We can never be too high to serve and never too low to be served, Jesus taught us this. Tonight we will all come to the Communion Table; rich, poor, well, not well and all that makes us beautifully unique. We will all partake in the same act and will become one, not as a homogenous group but as each wonderfully unique and accepted. For in wellness uniqueness is the greatest of all things.
Written in partnership with my loving husband. Everyday I thank him for the ways he serves me and others.