Holy Communion and Jesus’ Love
Hello Friends! How are you today? I heard that you didn’t have school on Wednesday, Thursday, or on Friday because of the snow! Did you play in the snow on your snow-days? Did you build a snowman or go sledding or have a snowball fight or make any snow angels? I really wanted to build a snowman, but nobody was here to help me. Instead, I shoveled a lot of snow and helped out my neighbor. I still had fun, though!
Do you know what today is? It’s not really a holiday or anything that is marked on our calendars per say. However, it is an important day. We usually celebrate this “holiday” once a month. Sometimes, depending on the occasion, we celebrate it more than once per month. Do you know what I am talking about? No, well let me tell you: I am talking about Holy Communion. Holy Communion is offered in the our church to help all of us remember how much Jesus loves us.
Before Pastor gives us the bread and juice–the body and blood of Jesus–we hear these words:
“On the night in which he gave himself up for us,
he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread,
gave it to his disciples, and said:
‘Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.'”
“When the supper was over, he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
‘Drink from this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.'”
These words remind us that whatever Jesus did for his disciples, he does for us. And he doesn’t just do them like we sometimes just clean our rooms or just do the chores because we are told to do them. No, Jesus has this supper to help us remember that he will always be with us and that he will always love us for who we are. Even when we don’t clean our room or do our chores, Jesus loves us. Jesus loves you. Jesus does things with a purpose. When Jesus gave his disciples the bread and juice, he also gave them a love that is patient, is kind, is truthful, is caring, is filled with faith and hope, and never ends. During Holy Communion Jesus gives us love and this love will forever fill your heart.
So when Jesus says, “Do this in remembrance of me,” he is reminding us that he loves us and that he forgives us of our sins–of the bad things we may do. Even though we don’t get bread and juice during every service, we do receive Jesus’ love every Sunday and everyday during the week. So remember that Jesus loves you and that Holy Communion is a time to remember that Jesus truly does love you.
Now go play in the snow!
Your Friend, Holy Spirit!
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