Scripture: A reading from the Gospel of Mark (14:22-25)
While they were eating, he 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. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’
Participation in Holy Communion is one of the significant outward and visible signs of the inward and invisible grace offered by God through Jesus Christ. Like a mother who sustains her child in the womb through her body and blood, Jesus sustains us through his body and blood.
How has the experience of Communion been life giving for you? How does this sacrament help to sustain you as you seek to live out your faith?
Prayer: O God, your Son Jesus Christ left to us a meal of bread and wine in which we share his body and his blood. May we who celebrate this sign of his great love show in our lives the fruits of his redemption; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BAS p. 304)