Wednesday, October 10, 2007

1 Corinthians 11:23-34

How appropriate is today's reading for me. As I get ready to assist in the teaching of our Confirmation class this weekend, God gives me a reading on the Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion.

A section of the Confirmation class I get to teach is about Holy Communion. Today's reading will help me in that task.

The first few verses of the reading are what Father Rob says during Holy Communion. "and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.'" (verses 24 & 25, NIV).

These verses are very important but they are not what I want to concentrate on today. I feel verse 28 is a key message, "A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup." In reality, no one is worthy to take Holy Communion. We are all sinners saved by grace. This is why we should prepare ourselves for Holy Communion through healthy, honest introspection, confession of sin, and resolution of differences with others. By doing this we remove barriers in our relationship with Christ. So many times during Holy Communion I find myself just going through the motions. How about you? We need to prepare ourselves for what we are about to participate in. We need to examine our hearts and get things right with God. We need to remember what Jesus did for our sins, long for his return, and grow spiritually.

Remember, Paul did not say that we had to be worthy to partake in Holy Communion; but we should partake in a worthy manner. So the next time you participate in Holy Communion remember to examine your heart and repent of your sins. When I have prepared properly for Holy Communion I have been amazed by the power of God to help heal me. I am sure His power will help you too.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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