Jun 16, 2017
Drink and eat in remembrance of me. A meditation in preparation for taking the Sacrament of the Last Supper, Eucharist, Communion.
A way to practice preparing your mind to be prepared for communing with God while partaking of the Sacrament.
I’m so grateful for the ongoing feedback I’m getting from people who are benefiting from this podcast. Perhaps I shouldn’t say this but I am surprised that this podcast is being so well received so far, so thank you to all of you who have reached out to me to let me know what you think.
One piece of feedback I received that I want to use is a heads up at the beginning, that this episode, like all the others, will involve an invitation to sit quietly for 15 to 20 minutes. So if you are not in a comfortable chair I invite you to find a comfortable position.
Most Christians participate in the ritual outlined as the Sacrament, also called the Eucharist or Communion. What does that mean? It means something similar, yet somewhat different, to many Christians. Something I think most of us share is that it provides an opportunity for us to reflect on our standing with God. We come before the God of heaven and are indicating to Him that we are remembering him and the Salvific sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Many people find it a challenge to remain focused on the moment as the silence fills the church. In the time it takes for everyone else to have the Sacrament offered to them, there is a perfect opportunity to reflect in a meditative way. This meditation is intended for that specific purpose. I am confident that as we meditate on the meaning that Jesus offered to us, we will feel closer to God and truly feel that we are in communion with him.
Our meditation will begin with Relaxation, followed by the reading from the King James Bible, then reflecting on the meaning of the verses, followed by prayer after which we will allow time for silent contemplation, then finalizing this episode with an invitation on how this experience can change our lives.
Let’s begin with the relaxation:
Then on to the reading:
26 ¶ And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
This scripture represents the institution of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. There is not an extensive reference in the scriptures to the last supper but it is clear that it was important to early Christians. Paul writes about it in his letter to the corinthians in 1 Corinthians 11:23-32.
Jesus taught publicly about the need to eat of his flesh and drink his blood in the Gospel of John.
After this Jesus lost many disciples. He asked Peter will you also go away?
To which Peter responded:
Is Jesus asking us today the same question when our minds wonder as we sit waiting to eat of the Sacrament?
Is he asking us as he did to his Apostles in Gethsemane “could you not watch with me one hour?”
As we practice focusing our thoughts we can be more open to the spirit as we partake of the Sacrament.
Pray as the spirit directs
Enjoy silence in the Spirit of God.
Visualize how this change will be implemented in your life.