(19 June 2014, 4 June 2015)
LORD Jesus Christ, who in this wonderful Sacrament has given us a memorial of your passion: Grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood, that we may know within ourselves the fruits of your redemption: who are alive and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Genesis 14:18-20; Psalm 116:10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:17-29; John 6:51-58
Nine weeks ago was Maundy Thursday; one of the themes that day was the institution of Holy Communion, but because so many other thigns were going in that context of Holy Week, this day has come to be set aside to revisit the Sacrament of Communion in greater depth. The Epistle, as then, gives us the institutional words of Christ as the Last Supper, backed up by three foreshadows of increasing clarity. The Old Testament shows an example of just how ancient the significance of bread and wine are. The Psalm uses the covenantal imagery of a cup to describe the hope for salvation which we offer back to God in thanks. And the Gospel reading is Jesus’ hard teaching about eating his flesh and drinking his blood for eternal life with him.