Matt 26: 26-29 NRSV
“During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples:
This is my body.
Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them:
Drink this, all of you.
This is my blood,
God’s new covenant poured out for many people
for the forgiveness of sins.
“I’ll not be drinking wine from this cup again until that new day when I’ll drink with you in the kingdom of my Father.”
The traditional Passover meal of the Seder took a different twist when Jesus met with his disciples for the last time. He took the bread, the matzo that symbolized the bread they ate as slaves in Egypt. It was unleavened bread because they had to prepare it in a hurry to be able to escape Egypt and had no time to wait for the bread to rise. Jesus took that bread and gave a new meaning to it; another meaning to a new covenant. This is my body – take and eat. What Jesus was giving his life for; that was worth investing in.
Then he took the drink and he changed the words for it also. The blood on the lentils of the door frame were the signal that the angel of God would pass over the household and all inside would be safe. The juice which symbolized the flowing life force became the symbol of the meaning of life; God’s grace was poured out for the saving of all people. Grace and mercy for forgiveness.
Jesus has come to give us life, renewed in God. It is a life with purpose and meaning. It is a life with grace and love; courage and mercy. Each time we celebrate this ritual we are invited to remember the grace of God poured out for all of us. It places us in a renewed relationship with God. Remembering is important.
Prayer: God I remember you and I remember your love for me. Help me accept it and live into the life you give each day. Amen.
Rev. Andrea Andress