Jesus sends his apostles to make preparations for the passover meal and while they eat, he institutes a meal that my tradition commemorates every Sunday and every Christian church celebrates at some time. In the midst of what is to come and betrayal that is at hand, Jesus takes time to have a meal and share with his closest friends, all the while giving them something that they will be able to hold onto even after his death, after his resurrection, and after his ascension. The meal still holds today for the church. This is not a funeral dirge type meal. It is festive and meaningful. There is laughter at the table, stories being told. There is also anxiety and many questions. Jesus takes the opportunity to finally set up what God has been wanting to do this entire time. Jesus is being set as the savior and focus of God as the true Messiah that demands our attention and our worship forevermore. The bread is his body that will go on the cross as human. The cup is the blood that will be shed not to save himself, but to save all of humanity. This simple act of making something everyday, meaningful takes Jesus from head knowledge, something to be grasped, into a true savior that through his own flesh and blood becomes our gateway to God and a one-time sacrifice...our victor!
Challenge: Rise up and show compassion to those "less" than you. Pray in great Earnest for the Kingdom of God and His will. Share a meal with those you love and let Jesus be the focus