The Sacred Meal
By Nora Gallagher and Phyllis Tickle
The Sacred Meal is a book about the Lord’s Supper. It can have different names used by different denominations, but serves as the same purpose for all of the body of Christ. The book discusses about the Lord’s Supper, and its different meanings. Communion can be a spiritual practice, just as prayer or fasting is. Communion connects the body of Christ together. It draws into a deeper experience of who God is and what God’s character is like.
As the Lord’s Supper is discussed, the one thing that struck out to me is Jesus sought out and exposes injustices. He did not seek to hang out with the powerful elite. Instead, he went and served. He spent time with the tax collectors. He talked with the adulterous, Samaritan woman. He did not discriminate, even when he could have.
Jesus… He is more than a role model. He transforms us day by day, if we will allow him. He is inviting us to break the barriers, see what the bible has to say, and overlook denominational regulations.
We are invited to break our silence, allow ourselves to be brokenhearted for the injustices, and love Jesus even if the world does not agree with our choices. Even if there are consequences (or punishment), we have the ability to love God and experience Him greatly through communion. Communion enables us to reflect our own selves. Maybe, we have lived like Sodom and Gomorrah…Or, we have not chased after pursuing justice like we should.
Through this book, I learned a lot about communion. It will not be the same every time. It is different, yet it is the same. The practice is the same: bread and wine. The experience we encounter is different. It is like reading a favorite scripture. We will never have the same revelation. It is new every time, and there will be times when it feels like going through the motions. It is so important for me to seek justice, because it is important to my Father. Communion is a beautiful time of reflecting how we may have followed Jesus, and see how grace is still there when we have done what is less than right in the Lord’s eyes.